ISSN: 1391 - 0531
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Vol. 41 - No 20
Financial Times


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.

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