A nine member delegation of UK Parliamentarians led by James Wharton told the media that they want UK to be more realistic in its approach in order to be a friend of Sri Lanka.
They were addressing the media at the end of their visit, which was funded by the Sri Lankan High Commission in London and the Lankan Government.
They said they would be taking a strong message back to Britain that there was immense potential to boost trade opportunities. They said that they were impressed with the development taking place in the North and East. UK could be a partner. The Government stated that we could interact with anyone.
They came here to see exactly what is happening. The country is doing incredibly well in terms of reconciliation. The concerns expressed by the Tamil National Alliance will be addressed to. They would ask the UK government to open up a channel through which the issues raised by the TNA could be resolved to the satisfaction of all concerned. Once this is done, the country as a whole could move forward.