Blackout will disrupt aid flow

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe warned the Ceylon Electricity Board engineers that if a power cut is caused owing to the latter’s strike today (8), it could be detrimental to financial and other forms of aid being obtained from other countries, especially India.

Speaking in Parliament, Wickremesinghe said, if union action caused a power cut, he cannot assure that India would assist Sri Lanka in the future.

“The unions can protest on roads, holding placards. But I urge them, not to cause a power cut. The moment you cause a power cut, I cannot assure that India will help us. Don’t come and tell me that we do not get assistance from other countries,” he warned.

Speaking further, Wickremesinghe said, fuel is required to run the country.

“India is providing us with fuel. Some factions in India do not like that. If the assistance for fuel is halted, the other countries would not help us to overcome this situation,” he said and queried, “If we do not want to work out our priorities at this moment, why would other countries bother to support us?”

By Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake