Sri Lankan government minister Karu Jayasuriya said the United National Party had “re-established” the country’s reputation after it had been tarnished on the international stage, as he urged voters to elect his party later this month.
The minister said the UNP was the only party that could “face the present day challenges and capable of winning both local and international support”.
"The country’s image which had been tarnished in the international arena has now been re-established,” he continued.
Sri Lanka is currently under investigation by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights over reports that Sri Lankan troops committed massacres and violated international humanitarian law during the final stages of the armed conflict in 2009.
Mr Jayasuriya though, said the UNP had changed Sri Lanka’s international reputation. “A large number of foreign investment projects have already been initiated,” he claimed. “Many more foreign investors and financial institutions funding development projects look forward to working with an administration of the UNF Government for good governance.”