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UNP-SLFP agree formulation of national government for 'our motherland's future'

The UNP chairman, Malik Samarawickrama, said the UNP and the SLFP had agreed a formulation of a national government in order to "uplift our motherland's future" and "furthering our national interests".

"We have held several rounds of talks with SLFP top members and those negotiations which were cordial and lengthy and at the end of these talks both parties have agreed for the formulation of national government," Mr Samarawickrama was quoted by the Island as saying in a statement released on Wednesday.

"We have held several rounds of talks with SLFP top members and those negotiations which were cordial and lengthy and at the end of these talks both parties have agreed for the formulation of national government."

"The primary objective of both parties in these talks is to serve people. We have stayed out of traditional ideologies and joined hands to implement a mechanism which can foster the national interests. We gave priority to an exercise which will be able to uplift our motherland’s future over the ministerial portfolios and other personal benefits."

"Both the UNP and SLFP had to make sacrifices to arrive at the agreement of which the vision was to furthering our national interests."