JVP holds discussions with US Ambassador Julie Chung 

By Buddhika Samaraweera

At the special request of US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chung, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP)-led National People’s Power (NPP) Leader MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake met the former on 14 May at the JVP Headquarters in Battaramulla.

When contacted by The Morning, NPP MP Dr. Harini Amarasuriya stated that the current economic and political crisis was discussed at length during the discussion between Chung and Dissanayake.

“The discussion was about the current economic and political crisis situation. There, we discussed the proposals that we have put forward. He has also informed the Ambassador that we are still of the view that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa should resign,” she said.

She further said that Dissanayake had informed Chung that measures should be taken with regard to the incidents of the protestors at “MynaGoGama” in front of Temple Trees and “GotaGoGama” at the Galle Face Green having been attacked by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) supporters on 9 May.

“We have discussions with the foreign diplomats regularly, and this meeting had been requested by the US Ambassador specially. During the discussion, she was seeking Dissanayake’s opinion on the current situation. There will be discussions with other foreign diplomats as well, as we do regularly,” said Dr. Amarasuriya.

The NPP, or Jathika Jana Balawegaya, is an electoral coalition in Sri Lanka that was established in 2015 by Dissanayake, the JVP Leader. It consists of 28 political parties and other organisations such as workers’ unions, womens’ rights groups, and youth organisations. Dissanayake, Dr. Amarasuriya, and Vijitha Herath are the MPs representing the NPP in Parliament.