President keen to
initiate dialogue with Ranil
President Mahinda Rajapaksa is keen to initiate a dialogue
with UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to work on a common
programme to take the country forward, Jaffna UNP MP T.
Maheswaran told The Nation.
Mr. Maheswaran said that he had a lengthy telephone conversation
with President Rajapaksa who expressed willingness to work
together with Mr. Wickremesinghe.
Mr. Maheswaran had apparently told Mr. Rajapaksa that it would
not be feasible for him to encourage one or two members from the
opposition to crossover from time to time when there is a
shortfall of members in the government.
He had said that the country has faced severe economic and
social problems and it is time to work together. The MP will
communicate with Mr. Wickremesinghe to convey the Presidentís