summit talks set for Wednesday
President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Opposition
UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe are set to meet on Wednesday
for talks on finalizing the Common National Agenda (CNA)
worked out between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP)
and the United National Party (UNP) to collaborate on
six areas of national priority.
Mr. Wickremesinghe who is currently
in Singapore after attending a conference in Australia
is due in Colombo on Tuesday.
High on the agenda are the modalities
of implementing the six points agreed to between the
SLFP and the UNP to collaborate on the Ethnic issue;
Electioral reforms; Good Governance; Economic Development;
Nation Building (educational reforms) and Social Development.
This would include a proposal by a
section of the UNP, and agreed to by the SLFP, for UNP
MPs to sit in the Opposition but accept Ministerships
and Deputy Ministerships, an issue hotly opposed by
another section of the UNP.
UNP Chairman Rukman Senanayake told
The Sunday Times yesterday that it would be the UNP
leader who would discuss with the SLFP leader what modalities
need to be put into operation to implement these six
priority areas, and whether the UNP should sit in the
He said that thereafter, the UNP Parliamentary
Group and its Working Committee would have to endorse
Mr. Senanayake said that all decisions
had to be finalized by October 15, by which time the
UNP would need to decide if any of its MPs should accept
portfolios, or whether they would support the Government
in these six areas while remaining outside the People's