The Federation of Chambers of Commerce
and Industry (FCCISL), the apex body representing 53
regional chambers, has welcomed the proposed Memorandum
of Understanding between the two key political parties.
“This is a historic event and
it is the first time since independence that the two
major political parties, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party
(SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP) have come
together in the interest of peace and development,”
FCCISL President Nawaz Rajabdeen said in a statement.
“Every successive government
has had their own agenda when it comes to critical issues
like peace building, development and good governance.
When one party come to power they
do the total opposite of what the previous party did.
This lack of continuity and an overall
long term vision for the country had stalled its peace
and development initiative,” he said.
However, the FCCISL wishes to congratulate
Deputy opposition leader Karu Jayasuriya and all other
stakeholders concerned, who have come forward to put
a full stop to petty party politics and who have taken
a bold move in the interest of the nation.
“This bond should be cemented
in the interest of our unborn generations.
The FCCISL welcomes this move in the
interest of the business community and the rural sector.
Peace is an essential prerequisite
for equitable income distribution and SME development.
Further, before we can succeed in
talking peace between warring factions the government
must go to the negotiating table with everyone speaking
in one voice,” Rajabdeen added.