COVID-19; Convene All Party Conference- Karu

22 March 2020 08:01 am - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has requested the government leaders to convene an All Party Conference to consider the views and reach collective decisions in the national effort to overcome the present catastrophe.

The full statement

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, defence 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.

  Comments - 9

  • Corona Sunday, 22 March 2020 11:43 AM

    A Bundle of Sticks can't be broken but sticks taken singly can be easily broken. Unity. Seek views of all without trying to handle by oneself.

    Ruwan Fernando Sunday, 22 March 2020 11:47 AM

    And to do what? Debate over who is right? That is waste of time.

    Ranhalu Fernando Sunday, 22 March 2020 11:50 AM

    Oh please don't.. You politicians will definitely worsen the situation in case that happens..

    Mm Sunday, 22 March 2020 11:50 AM

    For what ? All you lot know is to have meetings and commissions. No action. All talk. Just do your part by staying home. If you lot were in power we’d be buying coffins by now

    CITIZEN Sunday, 22 March 2020 12:23 PM


    "Mad Hatter" Sunday, 22 March 2020 01:54 PM

    It will only be a "tea party"

    Shakila Jayawardena Sunday, 22 March 2020 01:58 PM

    Winner- There is a lot of effort taken by Govt. There is no need to get so many in the opposition to get their views. As you know the attendees will love to claim their allowance, expend for meals and service fees. We know Sajith wants to put his two cents but the Govt I am sure discusses with Health, Finance, security and Lt Gen Shavendra Silva to implement their plans to contain the corona virus.

    mp Sunday, 22 March 2020 06:00 PM

    Too many chefs spoil the soup.

    Prasanna Samarasinghe Sunday, 22 March 2020 07:57 PM

    what is the necessity in convening an All Part Conference at this moment when the president with the help of tri forces doing all that is possible to contain the matter.... convening an all-party conference will only complicate things.

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