Govt. not showing interest in implementation of 13th Amendment: UNP

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The main opposition UNP today said there is no point in discussing devolving land and police powers to the provinces as the government had not shown an interest in the full implementation of the 13th Amendment.

UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake who expressed these sentiments at a news conference said it would be more appropriate to go for a new system of devolution in such a situation. 

He said the government should however come up with a clear stand and present a solution to Parliament. 

Mr. Attanayake said his party is willing to play a role in the process as well by coming up with its suggestions and working jointly on a political solution. 

However Mr. Attanayake explained that there is a provision for devolving land and police powers to the provincial councils in the Constitution. He said it is something which can be implemented easily if the government is interested. “The issue is that there is no interest on the part of the government in finding a political solution,” he said. 

The UNP General Secretary therefore questioned the purpose of the ongoing talks with the TNA and appointing a Parliamentary select committee. He charged that the select committee if appointed would suffer the same fate of the All Party Representative Committee (APRC) given the government’s attitude. Mr. Attanayake recalled that the proposals made by the APRC had been thrown to the dustbin by the government.  (Yohan Perera)

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  • PROF. KOPAN MAHADEVA Thursday, 26 January 2012 10:37 PM

    Why should the UNP think of Land and Police powers to the PCs only as a part of the 13th Amendment? Won't those and similar powers come in for discussion anyway, when formulating a final solution, whether within and related to the 13th Amendment or outside it? Is the above statement a manifestation of the fact that even the UNP is not thinking at present of a speedy solution to the ethnic impasse?
    -- Professor Kopan Mahadeva, London

    Pboy Tuesday, 24 January 2012 07:24 AM

    Government has a backbone my friend.

    honest Tuesday, 24 January 2012 07:58 AM

    Govt does not have the courage. It fears they will be blamed by the South. This is the curse of Sri Lanka.

    Hoodwink Tuesday, 24 January 2012 07:53 AM

    and the opposition showing no real intention of coming to power.

    Hoodwink Tuesday, 24 January 2012 07:56 AM

    If he things he could topple a government with these press conferences, then it must be his pipe dreams.

    buffaloa citizen Wednesday, 25 January 2012 03:01 AM

    Actually it is a puppet backbone propped up by China. No China, no backbone.

    uthum pathum Tuesday, 24 January 2012 08:50 AM

    First you implement a very good solution to internal problem of UNP and secondly think of government policies.

    RAJU Tuesday, 24 January 2012 08:58 AM

    YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. IF THIS SPEECH IS GENUINE AND IF YOU THINK THAT THE COUNTRY CANT EXPECT PEACE WITHOUT SOLVING THE TAMIL'S GRIEVANCES, THEN IT WILL BE A MOST WELCOME SPEECH.


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