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* All parties’ responsibility to support the government’s efforts to curb the coronavirus -Former Speaker
Sat, Mar 21, 2020, 10:49 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 21, Colombo: Former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya says it is an indispensable responsibility of all parties to give full support without any differences to the efforts of the government to manage the coronavirus epidemic in the country.

Issuing a statement, the Former Speaker said the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, is gradually becoming more and more alarming with the number of infected people increasing and poses a serious risk to the whole country.

He said the health sector, the armed forces, the police and all other sections engaged in essential services should receive the respect, gratitude and the full support of the entire nation.

“It is an indubitable responsibility of all to contribute and collaborate fully to the efforts taken by the government to manage the situation,” Jayasuriya said.

Following is the full statement made by the former Speaker:

As the number of reported patients infected with COVID-19 virus increase on a daily basis, the vulnerability of the country and the citizens aggravates further. In this hour of need the selfless services rendered by brave officers in healthcare, defense police, and other essential services sectors deserve the respect, gratitude and the support of the whole nation.

It is an indubitable responsibility of all to contribute and collaborate fully to the efforts taken by the government to manage the situation. Further, a proper and practical mechanism has to be considered to provide benefits to those vulnerable people who lose their daily wages and incomes due to measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

A feature of responsible governance is to bring unite the whole citizenry to achieve one zeal in overcoming national calamities such as this.

As already pointed out by the former Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition, other political party leaders, chambers of commerce, and various civil society leaders, I request, as the Speaker of the previous Parliament, from the President, the Prime Minister and the Government to convene an All Party Conference to consider the views and reach collective decisions in the national effort to overcome the present catastrophe. (In such a gathering, standard healthcare measures should adopted to prevent and potential threat of spreading the virus).

I hope that this request will be considered as a contribution made with good faith, for the benefit of the country and its citizens, and also taking into account some of the encouraging examples from around the world where the government and the opposition come together to face the present pandemic.


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