Prepared to support govt. to resolve national issue: Ranil

28 October 2011 09:24 am - 1     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Opposition Leader and Leader of UNP Ranil Wickremesighe today said his party is prepared to play its part in supporting the government to resolve the national issue if it comes out with an acceptable solution before the end of the year.

Mr. Wickremesighe who met an international delegation from Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) in his office today said the government should conclude its deliberations with the TNA before the end of the year and come out with a power devolution proposal which would not harm the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka.

With regard to the armed violence which the PGA is to focus on, he said the subject is relevant to Sri Lanka as well as there are deficiencies in democracy in the country. “We must accept that some of our issues have become international issues,” he said.

Mr. Wickremesighe suggested that Parliament should be given more power to deal with the breakdown of the rule of law.

President of PGA Dr. Ruth Wijdenbosch who is heading the delegation said they have not come to Sri Lanka to tell the country what to do. However Dr. Wijdenbosch said Sri Lanka is in a post war situation and no country is immune to armed violence. Stolen weapons she said could go to the hands of criminals and violence could destroy the infrastructure of a nation.

With regard to the PFA conference she said is it would focus on the countries that manufacture and sell weapons while it would also look into registering all weapons that are imported from a country to another.  (Yohan Perera)


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  • izmie Friday, 28 October 2011 09:53 AM

    If the govt sincerly wants to resolve the national issue they can come up with a solution without the support of opposition parties since it enjoys a 2/3 majority.


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