Weerawansa’s National Freedom Front is a constituent party of the government. “I will stop using my gmail account. Let us boycott Pepsi, Coca Cola, Google and McDonalds”, Wimal Weerawansa, the Minister of Housing and Construction had said this week while addressing an anti-US demonstration. Acting cabinet spokesman Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena today contradicted a statement made by Minister Wimal Weerawnsa, who had said that Sri Lanka should boycott US products.Responding to a questioned posed at the weekly cabinet press briefing today Abeywardena said Weerawansa’s statement was his personal opinion and not that of the government. Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena however said that the government has several constituent parties in it and everything each person says does not reflect the opinion of the government.“Anyone can buy any product. Telling someone not to buy or use something will be a violation of their rights. I will of course use them,” Abeywardena said.
He encouraged the President to advance the dialogue on a political settlement and seize this opportunity to lay the foundation for long-lasting peace and stability. The Secretary-General discussed recent political developments, congratulated the President on the elections, and commended his message of national unity, reconciliation and good governance. The Secretary-General also encouraged the President to incorporate the Sustainable Development Goals into the national development agenda. (Colombo Gazette) The Secretary-General welcomed the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ recently released report on Sri Lanka. He was pleased with the Government’s positive and constructive engagement with the UN on the report, and he hoped that the President would implement its recommendations.The Secretary-General reiterated his strong commitment to Sri Lanka and pledged the UN’s continued support. He looked forward to working closely with the President, the Government and domestic stakeholders during this critical time. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged President Maithripala Sirisena to advance the dialogue on a political settlement.The Secretary-General met with the President in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly yesterday.