Full implementation of 13th Amendment plus, MR tells Krishna

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President Rajapaksa has promised Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna the full implementation of the 13th Amendment plus.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has promised visiting Indian Minister of External Affairs S.M Krishna that the government will deliver on its promise to implement the 13th Amendment plus, Krishna told a press briefing today.

“I discussed this matter with His Excellency the President.  The President assured me that he stands by his commitment to pursuing the 13th Amendment plus approach,” he said.

He further stated that the Sri Lankan government hoped to extend the 13th amendment to include comprehensive devolution of powers. “The Government of Sri Lanka has on many occasions conveyed to us its commitment to move towards a political settlement based on the full implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution, and building on it, so as to achieve meaningful devolution of powers,” he said.

However both the visiting Minister and the Lankan Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peries noted that no time frame had been fixed for the implementation of the 13th Amendment plus.

“Due to the nature of the issue and its sheer complexity, it would not be desirable to suggest a time frame to President Rajapaksa. However it is heartening that the President himself brought up this issue,” Krishna said. “It is a process and we want to continue with substantive discussions. It would be an unrealistic and unhelpful approach to give a time frame to this process,” Peries added.

Krishna expressed hope in the dialogue process between the Tamil National Alliance and the Government. “We believe that continuation of the dialogue between the Government and the TNA would pave the way for political settlement, including under the rubric of the Parliamentary Select Committee,” he said.

The visiting Minister of External Affairs also stated that the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission Report held productive information, which should be utilized in the process of reconciliation.  “We have noted the many constructive recommendations contained in the recently-released report of the LLRC. These recommendations, when implemented, would mark a major step forward in the process of genuine national reconciliation,” he said.

The issue of the fishermen had also been discussed and both parties had agreed to solve any issues without the use of force. “The issue of fishermen is an emotive issue and needs to be handled with care. As we explore possible solutions, we must ensure that there is no use of force against the fishermen and that they are treated in a humane manner,” he said.

This is Krishna’s second visit to the island since assuming office; his last visit was in November 2010. (Dianne Silva)


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  • Muni Tuesday, 17 January 2012 02:12 PM

    If so, why does he want a Parliamentary Select Committee?
    First he should implement the 13th Amendment, and deal any shortcomings later,as they arise.
    But I suspect he does not have the political will to do so.
    He will keep on prevaricating,until the next elections - parliamentary & presidential - come up.
    The PSC is another time buying exercise & all know it.
    TNA will not be entrapped by it.
    His overall desire is to remain in power at any cost.

    seeya Tuesday, 17 January 2012 02:25 PM

    Hina..hina... wneda hina.......How many times and how many leaders have said same thing over and over again....in the past years. MR come on you can do better than that.. come up with your own words.. don't copy.

    sam fernando Tuesday, 17 January 2012 02:40 PM

    Krishna's great-grand children will be visiting SL to talk on the same topic before MR will give anything, and thats why no time frame was agreed upon. Krishna is playing to the gallery otherwise a time frame would have been discussed. After all when WW2 was over didn't the US, Britain and Russia hammer out a deal in a very short time and that dealt with the future of not one country but entire Europe.

    zorro Tuesday, 17 January 2012 02:57 PM

    No time limits and no implementing schedules..... so everybody is happy and nothing changes really!

    sri Wednesday, 18 January 2012 07:47 AM

    Should these Indians be taken seriously?

    j Tuesday, 17 January 2012 08:23 AM

    When and How ?

    prem Tuesday, 17 January 2012 08:26 AM

    Waht a joke

    Caeser Tuesday, 17 January 2012 08:17 AM

    Your downfall will begin then !

    Lorenzo Tuesday, 17 January 2012 08:28 AM

    Seriously... pathetic, where is the INFORMATION that's supposed to come from a "NEWS" article?!?!?!

    Where's the story? would anyone care to explain the implications of the headline? some "Newspaper" this is.

    Bindu Tuesday, 17 January 2012 08:35 AM

    Oops!

    vuusa Tuesday, 17 January 2012 08:32 AM

    But you told Sri Lankans you are ready to inmplement 13th amendment without police and land powers. Which is true?

    Dr. Ruwan Ferdinande Tuesday, 17 January 2012 08:38 AM

    What? Why has HE decided to eat his words?

    klko Tuesday, 17 January 2012 08:48 AM

    is this what our soldiers sacrificed their lives for?

    Caeser Tuesday, 17 January 2012 08:51 AM

    Either EELAAM or PARIPPU (Dhal) from Sky again !!!

    cxcb Tuesday, 17 January 2012 09:15 AM

    what ???

    Sam Tuesday, 17 January 2012 09:16 AM

    Who is fooling whom?

    Cynic Tuesday, 17 January 2012 09:17 AM

    Good old arm twisting has done the trick.

    fazli Tuesday, 17 January 2012 09:09 AM

    so smart of you

    sam Tuesday, 17 January 2012 09:26 AM

    good move

    buffaloa citizen Tuesday, 17 January 2012 09:34 AM

    Puppet on a string...today he says something and the next day another. This is called humbug patriotism. When India waves the cane for Independent UN investigation for war crimes, this guy becomes chicken and gives in.

    Dammika Tuesday, 17 January 2012 09:39 AM

    Biggest Bluffer

    Appuhamy Tuesday, 17 January 2012 09:38 AM

    NO No I promise him till he leaves SRi Lanka. after that who cares. I several time told media 13th amendment will be implemented with minus land & police power

    ind Tuesday, 17 January 2012 09:39 AM

    Not a good decision.

    buffaloa citizen Tuesday, 17 January 2012 09:40 AM

    Absolutely...the Indians told him to flush his patriotism down the toilet.

    Jawfer Tuesday, 17 January 2012 09:50 AM

    till Mr. Krishna available in SriLanka it as a valid statement..
    after he goes again drama will start.

    Labby Tuesday, 17 January 2012 09:58 AM

    If he can promise it why was it not done all these years? Whether we need a full implementation of the 13th Amendment or not is another matter but does the President think he could bluff India (and the world) by making such statements?

    hik Tuesday, 17 January 2012 10:04 AM

    hik

    nimkop Wednesday, 18 January 2012 03:36 AM

    What our Hela urumaya friends have to say?

    Nodrog Tuesday, 17 January 2012 10:16 AM

    But he does not say when. Smart!

    AL Student Wednesday, 18 January 2012 04:27 AM

    Do the Protesters in 1987 for the 13th ammendment changed?

    Naufer Wednesday, 18 January 2012 04:33 AM

    End begins.

    Godaya Tuesday, 17 January 2012 10:37 AM

    How and when?

    Aristotle Wednesday, 18 January 2012 04:36 AM

    The basic rule, do not mess around with a Goliath.

    Ram Wednesday, 18 January 2012 04:58 AM

    Absolutely correct! final decision we drag on for years and years!!!

    Rahmathullah Tuesday, 17 January 2012 10:54 AM

    Fooling all the people all the times will not work all the times!

    Izmie Tuesday, 17 January 2012 10:55 AM

    Can't say when Nodrog bicos it will never be implemented.

    NUWAN NALINDA Tuesday, 17 January 2012 10:56 AM

    Good decisions go ahead……..

    AMT Tuesday, 17 January 2012 11:01 AM

    The Tamil Diaspora must have bribed Krishna, earlier we were told that Moon too was bribed?? Everyone is now waiting for Come March??

    Engineer Tuesday, 17 January 2012 11:10 AM

    why did we win a war for this? listen carefully MR 2016 your out if the slightest power devolution happens. The last time I will vote for you if you actually did talk about power devolution.

    konara Wednesday, 18 January 2012 01:13 PM

    india is very bad. indians children are have not food. indian external affairs minister donation of millions dollars to sri lanka.

    AMT Tuesday, 17 January 2012 11:11 AM

    He also does NOT do whatever he says??

    Vimal Carlos Tuesday, 17 January 2012 11:13 AM

    I am sure india paid some millions of dollars to make MR Raja to say this.

    The singhalese youth will raise up for another black July if this 13 adamenment will be real. I can assure you this

    Kolomba Kaka Tuesday, 17 January 2012 11:15 AM

    What does PLUS mean? Is it more than what 13th Amendment has mandated?

    kalum Tuesday, 17 January 2012 11:15 AM

    No police power please,country will deveide !

    sunil hk Tuesday, 17 January 2012 11:55 AM

    Blood is thicker than water!

    buffaloa citizen Tuesday, 17 January 2012 12:04 PM

    That is where MR is going to smart in pain.

    Javi Tuesday, 17 January 2012 12:08 PM

    Appreciated decision wait and see implementation is possible or not!!!

    chtiya Tuesday, 17 January 2012 12:03 PM

    Relax people... it is just a "13th Amendment plus approach"
    The President assured me that he stands by his commitment to pursuing the "13th Amendment plus approach"

    Lanke Banda Tuesday, 17 January 2012 12:12 PM

    Can I apply Migration to India ?

    Lanke Banda Tuesday, 17 January 2012 12:17 PM

    This would be a realistic downfall in the making for MR.

    xlntgson Tuesday, 17 January 2012 12:14 PM

    Since 1991, unimplemented13th amendment though well enshrined in the constitution is not the bete noire of the majority, but the demand for self-determination is!

    Hoodwinked Tuesday, 17 January 2012 12:39 PM

    We would like to know the views of Hell Uruma boys on this. I am just reminded of the hindi movie which was screened in1960's _ The name - Yes, BLUFF MASTER

    MI Tuesday, 17 January 2012 12:48 PM

    Dennan kasi thama ppl Relaxed...(Prof. G.L. Peries noted that no time frame had been fixed)

    sg Tuesday, 17 January 2012 01:47 PM

    Take decisions proudly like taken at last war time. Also get the honerability from mejority Sri Lankan as well as world commiunity by giving a lasting solution for the ethnic aspiratins. Also protect national security in term diplomacy.

    IKnow Tuesday, 17 January 2012 01:55 PM

    Asusual indians are fooling tamils.

    IKnow Tuesday, 17 January 2012 01:58 PM

    Says yes. Thats what he has been doing. Dont u see it??


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