Possibility of sanctions surface…

Govt. Parliamentary Group pow wow at Chaaya Bey
BY RAVI LADDUWAHETTY 

untitledThe possibility of sanctions being imposed on Sri Lanka in the wake of the ongoing probes by the United Nations Human Rights Council for alleged human rights abuses and war crimes in Sri Lanka had surfaced during the Government Parliamentary Group meeting chaired by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday.
This was one of the key points which were raised by a group of SLFP members, senior political sources told Ceylon Today.
 

There was also some views expressed on the possibility of Sri Lanka’s war crimes being referred to the United Nations Security Council as pointed out by a member and others said that China and Russia, like before, will come to Sri Lanka’s rescue. It was also pointed out that Sri Lanka should not be over dependent on Russia in the wake of Russia turning a blind eye on Bolivia some years ago.
 
 
The meeting of the government Parliamentary Group was held at the John Keells Holdings PLC Group owned and managed five star hotel Chaya Bey, at Beruwela throughout Monday from dawn to dusk.
The morning session included a presentation of the economy and the progress since 2005, which was a power point presentation delivered by Treasury Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundera, which was opened only to the SLFP members of the government group which ran from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m. but, the meeting on the political aspects, was open to all government members of the Group, which was from 3 p.m. till 7 p.m. these sources said.
 

NLF Leader and Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara had pointed out the need for the abolition of the Executive Presidency, but some SLFP Members had argued that this was not the most opportune time for that.
“It was a free for all discussion as these sources said that it was the thinking of Rajapaksa to cull the views of the government members at this meeting. The issues of cost of living and the current ethnic tensions had also come up during the discussions,” these sources said.
 

One of the salient features of the meeting was that neither Rajapaksa nor any of the SLFP seniors such as general secretary and Health Minister Sirisena ever spoke, but they just listened very attentively.
The sources also said that the power point presentation, which was made by Treasury Secretary Dr. Jayasundera was on the economic highlights of the Rajapaksa Presidency from 2005 till 2014, based on the Central Bank Annual Report