President Maithripala Sirisena has observed that if not for the formation of a unity government of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the United National Party and proposing a democratic program including reconciliation, the international community would have imposed economic sanctions.
President Maithripala Sirisena made this observation speaking at the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) 66th anniversary celebrations in Colombo on September 3.
He went on that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party did not join hands with the United National Party to play musical chairs. When a country has fallen into serious difficulties, when a country is facing serious challenges, there are numerous evidence in the history of the world that people come together irrespective of the political, religious or other differences of the country.
He added that similarly, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) joined its rival United National Party (UNP) at the 2015 election to save the country from the serious international challenges and rebuild the unity between the Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims and all the communities. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and joint opposition members of the SLFP had boycotted the SLFP anniversary celebrations today. Sirisena said some SLFP members had decided not to attend on the basis that they could not agree to the unity between the SLFP and the UNP.Now the country is not facing any pressure from the international community.
He further stated that the problems the country is facing now are the consumer prices, cost of living, unemployment etc. and these are simple when compared with the problems the country had before the international community and resolvable.
"Today, we proudly celebrate the 66th Anniversary of SLFP, with gratitude for providing a unifying platform for all progressive Sri Lankans," he said.