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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2731

Congress of Religions emphasizes the need for political willingness

Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 23 October, (Asiantribune.com): The Congress of Religions and the Organizations associated with it has emphasized that the success of the SLFP-UNP collaboration will depend on the willingness of the political parties to give and take and make the necessary compromises.

"We are greatly encouraged to note that both the SLFP and the UNP have set up a working committee to formulate a way forward. We have assured both parties of our whole hearted support in this historic initiative, we are hopeful that give the crisis situation in the country that they will rise to the occasion as true statesmen, to lead Sri Lanka beyond the decades old war and bring about the peace the entire country is yearning for," the statement said.

The release added that the Solidarity Committee of the Congress of Religions comprising leaders of all faiths, Sri Lanka First, the Business Initiative for Peace and Development, the Organisation of Professional Associations, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and the Business for Peace Alliance met with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Leader of the UNP to impress upon them, that unless the political parties cooperate closely to arrive at a consensus on this issue, Sri Lanka will face a very bleak future.

"We emphasized the need to set aside partisan politics and consider first the good of the entire country and the rights of all communities."

- Asian Tribune -

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