Oct 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) says the government should look at improving the country's image before the international community.
UNP spokesperson, parliamentarian Gayantha Karunathilaka said the government was paying much emphasis to the hosting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo next month but the real necessity was for the government to work towards building confidence among members of the international community and to improve the country's image in the international arena.
Addressing a media briefing at the party headquarters on Wednesday, Karunathilaka said that it is the government's failures that have resulted in the Canadian Prime Minister announcing he would not participate in the summit.
According to Karunathilaka, the government is also using the CHOGM summit to ignore the real issues faced by the country.
He accused the government of spending public money to stage mega events like Deyata Kirula and Asian Film Festival and to bloat the image of the politicians.