Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Mahinda won’t follow Mandela or Mugabe – Yapa

by Shamindra Ferdinando

(TI)Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena yesterday challenged the UNP to canvass for the urgently needed USD 1.9 billion loan facility if it genuinely appreciated the armed forces’ triumph over the LTTE.

Addressing the press at the Information Department, the minister urged the UNP to throw its weight behind the SLFP-led coalition. Recalling an earlier UNP bid to block a USD 500 million loan from the HSBC, he asked the UNP to back Sri Lanka’s call for USD 1.9 billion facility from the IMF. Full text