Muzammil now claims UNP’s CHOGM boycott decision not conveyed to him


By Lal Gunasekera

Mayor of Colombo A. J. M. Muzammil yesterday claimed that the decision taken by the UNP’s Leadership Council (LC), at its first meeting, to boycott last Friday’s (15) Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) opening ceremony, at Nelum Pokuna, had not been communicated to him by the party.

He told The Island that an earlier party decision, to attend the opening was communicated to him, but not the second, taken by the LC, after the protest outside Sirikotha. He said there was no question of his having ignoreed a party decision.

Muzammil said that he had confirmed his attendance at the opening of CHOGM as the First Citizen of Colombo, which he had communicated to the UNP, but the party decision

that followed had not been brought to his notice.

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