The United States stated on Friday (14) that they would refuse entry to Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva and his immediate family members over "credible" evidence of gross human rights violations and 'war crimes' in the final stages of the civil war.

According to the 'Anidda' newspaper, a party leader of the proposed alliance between the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has said that the formation of the alliance between the two parties would not take place before the upcoming general election and that the SLPP would have to contest under the 'Pohottuwa' (flower bud) symbol.

The newspaper report further states:

“If the new alliance is to registered, it should be done before the dissolution of parliament on March 10,” the party leader pointed out adding that they would only have two weeks to finish the entire process. 

He said that the leaders of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna were clearly not interested in forming a new alliance and that they would prefer to contest the polls under SLPP with the flower bud as its symbol.

He also said that this was the stance taken by Basil Rajapaksa, the national organiser of the SLPP during the discussions he held after his arrival to Sri Lanka. 

Dullas Alahapperuma and Raja Collure, who were assigned with the task of registering the new alliance, have been quite busy with other activities, he added.