Sri Lanka’s United National Party (UNP) joined other senior Sri Lankan politicians in condemning the Conservative Party manifesto in Britain, calling for it to be amended just days before the UK’s general election.
UNP National Organiser and Member of Parliament Navin Dissanayake claimed that the “Conservative party should understand that Sri Lanka was one of the few countries which backed the UK in its war against Argentina in the 1980s”.
“Therefore we request the Conservative Party to remove the pledge to work on a two-state solution in Sri Lanka,” he added.
Sri Lankan politicians have been up in arms after Britain’s Conservative Party emphasised its continued backing for “international initiatives” for reconciliation, stability and justice “across the world” and in “former and current conflict zones”, singling out the situations of divided states in Cyprus, Sri Lanka and the Middle East. Amongst them has been Sri Lankan government minister Wimal Weerawansa, who said,
“They include such clauses to their manifestos thinking that we are still a colony of the British imperialists. Whether it is Great Britain, its Conservative Party, Labour party or any other, they have no right to decide the destiny of our country. These white men should understand that the present world would not bow down before them or be at their mercy. At the recently concluded Presidential Election, the Sri Lankan people showed that they would not let anybody to divide this country or even touch it.”
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