However, speaking to media following the discussion, the Chief Ministers stated that although a consensus was not reached at the discussion today, both parties agreed to continue with the discussions.
The discussion was held this morning at the official residence of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa situated at Wijerama as per a request made by the seven provincial chief ministers representing the SLFP.
Chief Minister of Western Province Isura Devapriya, Chief Minister of Southern Province Shan Wijelal de Silva, Chief Minister of Sabaragamuwa Province Maheepala Herath, Chief Minister of Uva Province Chamara Sampath Dassanayake, Chief Minister of Wayamba Province Dharmasiri Dassanayake and Chief Minister of Central Province Sarath Ekanayake took part in the discussion.
However, Chief Minister of North Central Province Peshala Jayarathna was absent for the discussion.
Parliamentarians Bandula Gunawardena, Prasanna Ranathunga, Gamini Lokuge, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena and Johnston Fernando representing the Joint Opposition and Chairman of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna, former minister, Professor G.L.Peiris participated in the discussion with former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.