In a statement, UNP deputy leader Karu Jayasuriya, called upon fellow UNP members to unite with haste in order to rescue Sri Lanka from this 'strange and dangerous juncture'.
See extracts below:
"Sri Lanka stands poised at a strange and dangerous juncture of her history, this has now become glaringly apparent to all those of us who live here. There is a serious absence of accountability and transparency in matters of governance that have effectively sidelined the vast majority of the citizens in the decision-making process."
"We live in a country where the state apparatus uses its defeat of terrorism to unleash terror of its own. It has used the blanket of national security to infringe upon all the freedoms it claims to be fighting to secure. With regard to the issue of post-war reconciliation among communities, the government has chosen a path of scandalous sidetracking, taking refuge in setting up various committees and other bodies that have no teeth, refusing to deal with issues head on by discussing the just claims of the minority and arriving at an equitable long term political solution."
"I firmly believe that there are better days ahead for our party and we should to whatever it takes to rebuild this party to be the best it can be. In this regard, as I have said before, if what the UNP needs is for me to leave the party, I will do so. By the same token, I will not shun any role that the party believes befits my expertise, experience and general disposition".