appeals for creation of national govt., suspension of political
The Joint Business Forum (J-Biz) last week urged President Chandrika
Kumaratunga to form a government of National Reconciliation and
Reconstruction and appealed to all political parties to voluntarily
agree to place a moratorium on all political activities during the
first half of 2005.
group, after an emergency meeting to discuss the national crisis,
said in a statement issued by its chairman, Kingsley Bernard that
among other steps it was recommending are:
The government should agree not to move any bills of a contentious
or controversial nature in Parliament and only to move any bill
if consensus has been achieved by prior discussion.
All media including newspapers, radio and electronic media to voluntarily
refrain from reporting on contentious political issues and voluntarily
refrain from supporting the staging of political debates or "talk
shows" which results in the existing political division in
the country being further exacerbated.
All parties in and outside Parliament to join in a concerted effort
to reconstruct and rebuild the destroyed properties of citizens
and other private and public institutions.
Create awareness on disaster management amongst citizens of the
country. J-Biz said that if all stakeholders can agree on these
issues, "we will be able to expedite the complicated task of
rehabilitating and rebuilding our country."