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* A new agreement to continue Sri Lanka's national government - Minister Amaraweera
Sun, Apr 22, 2018, 08:25 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 22, Colombo: The General Secretary of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says that a new agreement will be prepared to continue the coalition government with the United National Party (UNP).

Minister Amaraweera said that before President Maithripala Sirisena left the country for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, he instructed the five-member committee headed by Minister Sarath Amunugama to prepare a necessary proposal on the implementation of the national government in the coming period.

President Sirisena appointed a committee comprising five Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members to look into the feasibility of continuing the national government with the UNP.

"The President also informed us that he will prepare a new agreement according to the committee's proposal," UPFA General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera said speaking at a function in Agunakolapelessa today (22nd).

Minister Amaraweera expressing his views further in response to media questions said through the new agreement based on the proposal the party intends to study the past mistakes and rectify them in order to go forward.

"By preparing a new agreement based on a new set of proposals we expect to thoroughly study past mistakes and create a new people's administration to take the country forward," the Minister said.

Minister Amaraweera added that relevant actions will be taken immediately after the President returns to the country.

The Committee chairman Minister Sarath Amunugama earlier said that a fresh agreement based on the recommendations of the five member cabinet committee will be signed between the UNP and the SLFP after President Maithripala Sirisena returned on April 24.

He said the President would discuss the recommendation of the SLFP committee with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe before signing the agreement by the General Secretaries of the UNP and SLFP.

Minister Amaraweera speaking of the 16 SLFP members, who resigned from their ministerial portfolios voted and intend to sit in the opposition after they voted for the no confidence motion against the Prime Minister, said they have also been invited to join the government.

"There is no need (for them) to join the Opposition because they voted for the no-confidence motion. They still have the opportunity to remain in this government. And our invitation is also for them to remain in the government. If they are refusing our invitation then there is nothing we can do," he said.

Noting that a few repeatedly demand the resignation of himself and Minister Duminda Dissanayake from the General Secretary posts of the UPFA and SLFP, Minister Amaraweera said it is not the opinion of the majority.

"I do not want to remain in these positions forever. I have personally told the President that I am ready to hand over these posts at any time. I am prepared to leave this position, but not for anyone leaving the party and join another," he said.

"We are ready to give this position to anyone who can strengthen the SLFP," he added.

"The few people who demand our resignations are the ones who always criticize anything or anyone and people know them very well. Therefore, we should not be too concerned about what they are saying," the General Secretary of UPFA added.


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