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Fonseka Responds Positively To Joining The UNP

[The Sunday Leader.lk, Sunday, 1 January 2012 12:11 No Comment]

1-sarath-fonseka The UNP says that former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka has responded positively to an invitation extended to him to join the party.

UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa said that Fonseka had responded positively when an invitation was extended to him to join the UNP by former Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya and himself when they met Fonseka at the Welikada Prison in December. Premadasa told The Sunday Leader that Fonseka had said he was willing to play a role in an united UNP.

Fonseka had asked Jayasuriya and Premadasa to ensure the internal squabbles in the UNP were first resolved.

Premadasa and Jayasuriya met Fonseka on December 18 on his birthday and the day before the UNP’s Working Committee meeting to appoint the new office bearers for 2012.

Fonseka Responds…

However, DNA parliamentarian Vijitha Herath told The Sunday Leader when asked about Fonseka’s decision to join the UNP, that the DNA had not been informed of such a move. Herath noted that the DNA is an alliance consisting of several political parties and individuals and that each person had the right choose the path they want to follow.

“There is no barrier preventing any person from deciding what they want to do,” he added. Citing an example he said the JVP performs as a separate political party while being a member of the DNA.

Herath further noted that the comment about Fonseka joining the UNP has been made by two UNP members and not personally by him.

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