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MR – CM talks end without agreement

Discussions between the Chief Ministers and former president Mahinda Rajapaksa had been concluded without any agreement reaching upon, Central Province Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake said today.

Chief Ministers of six Provinces representing the SLFP outside the North and East met former President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning at his official residence at Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo to discuss the strategies for the restoration of unity among party circles before the upcoming Local Government and Provincial Council elections.

However, North Central Chief Minister Peshala Jayarathna did not participate at the meeting.

Mr. Ekanayake said Prof. G.L Peiris, Bandula Gunawardena, Gamini Lokuge, Johnston Fernando and Prasanna Ranatunga had participated with former president to the meeting.

“We have discussed several matters, including present situation at the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). We couldn't come to an agreement with former President and other members during today’s meeting. They had not agree with this government’s policy. However the discussion ended leaving room for further meetings,” he said

He said President Maithripala Sirisena had been informed about the meeting and said they would brief the President regarding the outcome of the meeting.

Meanwhile, Western Province Chief Minister Isura Devcapriya said the meeting was successful however failed to reach an agreement saying that such issues could not be sorted out with just one meeting.



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