Some international organisations are planning to call for a boycott of Sri Lankan tea and apparels and to urge tourists not to visit Sri Lanka if the US-led resolution on Sri Lanka was adopted at the UNHRC sessions on Friday, Opposition UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said today.
He told a news conference that there would be a severe impact on the country’s economy if the demand for our tea and apparels declined by even a meagre 10 per cent and more problems if tourist arrivals drop by a similar percentage.
Mr. Wickremesinghe urged the government to fix dates for an All Party Conference aimed at establishing a mechanism to implement the LLRC recommendations.
He said it was based on a request made by the UNP-led Vipakshaye Virodaya for an All Party Conference to draw a mechanism to face the fallout from the UNHRC resolution.
“We have called for an APC conference because we don’t want to see the country as a result of the wrong decisions made by this regime,” Mr. Wickremesinghe said.
He said the opposition would give the government time till March 21 and then take to the streets to force the government to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).
Mr. Wickremesinghe said the government should respect the undertaking it gave to the international community that the LLRC recommendations would be implemented.
Members of the Vipakjshaye Virodaya -- NSSP Leader Wickramabahu Karunaratne, Nawa Sihala Urumaya Leader Sarath Manamendra, Ruhunu Janatha Party leader Aruna Soysa and Tamil Muslim Alliance Leader Asath Sally were present at the news conference. (Yohan Perera and Lahiru Pothmulla)
Looks like Ranil more worried about the UNHRC resolution Why?
up Tuesday, 19 March 2013 03:05 AM
Propsed Areas for RW is Cinnomon Garden, Galle face , Viharmahadevi park, Sathtu uyana, Peradeniya Gardens etc..
Nandana Tuesday, 19 March 2013 04:25 AM
proud of you sir but you need more parties with you,
surain Tuesday, 19 March 2013 05:36 AM
you are an another hidden distroyer indirectly trying to ruin our country
Mason Tuesday, 19 March 2013 05:47 AM
The people expect you to be honest about what ever you say. Up to now yours' have been only empty threats. We are with you, if you really mean what you say.
Ruwan Tuesday, 19 March 2013 05:51 AM
We are proud of you Sir as a UNP member. But, I have doubt about the date of March 21 since this is the same date for the vote at UNHRC. Please, don't fool the Sri Lankan.
Gamarala Tuesday, 19 March 2013 06:13 AM
Many of us know that Ranil's " Sell by Date" has passed and should be removed from the shelves. So anything he says is of no importance.
Gamarala Tuesday, 19 March 2013 06:58 AM
This is a time when all patriotic S/Lankan's should stand together in solidarity , when the dark forces of the defunct LTTE supporting diaspora are using their cunning and influence to disrupt and undermine S/L. Its the duty or all S/L's to support & stand as one to face this onslaught. Ranil get your act together and dont undermine S/L in the eyes of the world.
janakaj Tuesday, 19 March 2013 11:28 AM
No need Talking DO IT AND SHOW. YOU ARE ONLY TALKING BIG.
raj Tuesday, 19 March 2013 05:23 PM
Ranil should talk about importance of human right and justice for the victims. If not, you are ingnoring the victims and their sufferings.
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