UNP, PA meeting-"talks on Talks"

[TamilNet, Thursday, 09 March 2000, 09:10 GMT]
"Both side survived and we will meet again this month" said Sri Lanka's Opposition Leader Mr.Ranil Wickremesinghe coming from a two hour meeting with the President Chandrika Kumaratunga and seven of her senior cabinet ministers this afternoon around 1.30 a.m. "The first meeting went off well" he added.

The United National Party (UNP) leader told journalists that a joint communique about the meeting prepared by Prof.G.L.Pieris, Minister for Constitutional Affairs and Mr.K.N Choksy (UNP) will be issued later today.

chandrika_kumarathunge_3-p.jpgThis is being done to preclude any misunderstanding arising over the contents of the discussions he said.

Journalists were invited to the Opposition leader's office this afternoon for a press briefing at his office about the conference of the International Democratic Union scheduled to begin in Colombo tomorrow.

The discussion between the government and the opposition delegations had taken place mainly on the basis of the 1997 proposals of the PA for constitutional reform. The two sides had discussed the process or agenda for the dialogue. A journalist asked Mr.Wickremesinghe whether today's meeting was "talks on Talks". "It could be" he replied.

ranil_wickremesinghe.jpgThe UNP leader said that the question of the executive Presidential system was not discussed at today's meeting.

Asked whether he was served Kiribath (milk rice) by the President he retorted that he will publish the menu next time he sees her (leading Sri Lankan political columnists give details of menus of items served at such meetings in their tediously or juicily ball by ball accounts of weekly developments in the corridors of power)

"We have to meet again" said the opposition leader. Government sources indicated this afternoon that another round of talks will be held later this month.

The UNP delegation comprised Mr.Wickremesinghe, party chairman Mr.Karu Jayasuriya, UNP General Secretary Mr. Gamini Athukorale MP, Mr.K.N Choksy MP and Mr.Ronnie de Mel MP.

The government side led by the President was represented by Mr.M.H.M Ashraff Minister for Shipping, Ports and Rehabilitation (east), Prof.G.L Pieris Minister for Constitutional Affairs, Mr. D.M Jayaratne, Minister for Agriculture and Lands, Mr.Batty Weerakoon Minister for Science and Technology, Mr. Ratnasiri Wickremenayaka, Minister for Plantation Industries and Mr.Kusumsiri Balapatabendi, Secretary to the President.

 

Latest 15 Reports
23.09.17 09:46   Photo
Tamil children massacred by CBK's Sinhala Air Force remembered in Jaffna
22.09.17 23:32   Photo
Sinhala colonisation stepped up, genocidal system cannot be transformed through ‘consensus’
21.09.17 22:14   Photo
Champoor Tamils’ security, livelihood threatened by US military partnership with genocidal Sri Lanka
20.09.17 23:37   Photo
Sathasivam papers on Sumerian-Tamil connections see the light of day
19.09.17 22:53  
Tamil village in Batticaloa-Polonnaruwa border Sinhalicized by Mahaweli authority, Survey Dept
18.09.17 18:18   Photo
Uprooted people find houses destroyed by SL Navy in Ira'nai-theevu after 2008
17.09.17 22:07  
Muslims oppose Colombo's ‘Sinhala-only’ policy in public administration of Ampaa'rai
16.09.17 23:49  
Families of enforced disappeared want answers, no deceptive bills to genocidal system
15.09.17 23:30   Photo
30th remembrance of Lt Col Thileepan strengthens resolve among Eezham Tamils
14.09.17 22:52   Photo
Sirisena’s Mahaweli ministry twists old records to Sinhalicize Paduvaankarai
13.09.17 16:39  
EPRLF opposes 20A to SL Constitution, ITAK duo wrongs again says Premachandran
12.09.17 23:17   Photo
Alienate lands to Sinhala colonists or face transfer: SL Governor warns Tamil DS in Vanni
11.09.17 12:10  
Risking legal action, Hakeem wants to transfer lands to Hizbulla’s colony in Batticaloa
10.09.17 23:24   Photo
Uprooted fishermen vow to continue their fight for Pa'l'li-munai in Mannaar
09.09.17 23:29  
Mano Ganesan’s NGO Secretariat restricts freedom of organisation in Batticaloa
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=4774