UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe wrote to US President Donald Trump today requesting him to reconsider his  decision to cut US funding to the World Health Organization (WHO).

In a letter addressed to Trump, the UNP leader expressed  great concern over allegations leveled against the WHO by the USA, which he said are  serious and should  be investigated but requested the US to restore the funding to the Organization, pending investigation, and thereafter determine the appropriate course of action.

“I understand that the American taxpayers provide $ 400-500 million in  funding to the WHO each year. Your decision to place on hold all funding to the WHO while its mismanagement of the corona virus pandemic is investigated  will have a colossal and detrimental impact  on the programs  in countries like Sri Lanka which are funded by the WHO,” the UNP leader said in the letter.

He said  the COVID-19 global pandemic has had a disastrous impact on local economies  and crippled civilian life in all countries in ways that are unprecedented and perhaps even ambiguous at present. “ Consequently, it is vital that the WHO continues its program of action at this juncture given the  lack of any other multilateral institution to  provide global leadership to  international health and safety issues in the coming month. In view of the grim impact that the COVID-19 has created, I wish to request you to  reconsider the decision  on humanitarian grounds and restore US funding to the WHO, pending investigation, and thereafter determine the appropriate course of action,” he said.