UNP ready for talks with govt.: Ranil

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Opposition and UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe today said his party was ready for a dialogue with the government on resolving the crisis with regard to what he called the brewing conflict between the Judiciary and the Executive.

Speaking at the annual get-together of the National Lawyers Association in Colombo, Mr. Wickremesinghe said his party was always ready to talk with the government to decide on the composition of the committee he had suggested earlier to look into the crisis, if the government was not agreeable to his suggestion to include lawyers from the Commonwealth and SAARC in the committee.  

He was making this point referring to a statement made by SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena that the government welcomed his suggestion to appoint a committee but was not agreeable to its composition.

Mr. Wickremesinghe also suggested a Parliamentary select committee to decide on a course of action to ensure the independence of judiciary and the legislature.

At the same time, the opposition leader said the UNP vehemently condemned the recent attack on the Judicial Service Commission Secretary Manjula Tilakaratne. He said the police should not waste time investigating 100,000 phone calls to arrest those behind this attack and thereby stressed the need for expediting investigations.

He also said the judiciary should ensure it maintained the independence of the legislature and deliver its judgments accordingly.

He further recalled that the repealing of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution and the enacting of the 18h Amendment could have been avoided had the associations of judges and lawyers been  more active.

UNP Senior Vice President Lakshman Kiriella said a committee comprising judges from the Commonwealth, the SAARC and members of Sri Lankan Parliament should be appointed to carry out a full investigation to find out how the judiciary lost its independence.

He recalled that the judiciary and the police would have been independent had there been effective agitations against the 18th Amendment. He charged that one could not expect an independent investigation on the assault of Judicial Service Commission Secretary Manjula Tilakaratne as there was interference on the police and the judiciary by the Executive. (YP)
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  • Sumanasiri Sunday, 21 October 2012 03:25 PM

    Again getting played by the Govt. What is needed is not a dialog with the Govt to resolve "conflicts" but unconditional support to the Judiciary to maintain its independence. Conflicts between executive and judiciary happen all the time in better run countries and are a necessary part of good governance.

    hansan Sunday, 21 October 2012 03:37 PM

    You think people of any Govt. want to speack with you. What is the use talking rubbsh with the UNP leader.

    Lalindra Sunday, 21 October 2012 04:21 PM

    Aiyo, this man never learns. He's taken on a plateau until the government gets through the problem and then dumped on the ground like a hot brick.

    alfred kuranage Sunday, 21 October 2012 04:40 PM

    is this person good memory and wisdom?

    kiribarh Sunday, 21 October 2012 05:00 PM

    haw can you call this man , the leader of the opposition

    weha Sunday, 21 October 2012 05:03 PM

    What the hell is there to talk men? What is wrong is wrong.

    A citizen Sunday, 21 October 2012 05:10 PM

    Why dont you cross over to the government and pave a way for a proper person

    Imran Hussein Sunday, 21 October 2012 05:25 PM

    They dont need you Mr Wickramasinghe. MR himself a double Dr, then Dr Mervyn, Dr Amunugama,Prof GLP, Law college record breaker (I mean Colvin RD's) Namal Rajapakse likes are there to sort out any troubles. Just stay put and watch the game. Its healthy since no one is gonna admire your support to resolve the issues.

    Curious Sunday, 21 October 2012 05:30 PM

    Do the party have credentials or the qualification to have a educated dialog.

    Surain Monday, 22 October 2012 01:11 PM

    Fish dye because of the mouth

    silva Monday, 22 October 2012 07:14 AM

    Are you saying you are intelligent ?

    Nishantha Rajapaksa Monday, 22 October 2012 02:34 PM

    api nodanna talks

    MK Monday, 22 October 2012 08:25 AM

    at least in his next life ya?

    RP Tuesday, 23 October 2012 04:19 AM

    It is clear Ranil has about 15 "Colomboians" to vote for comments favouring Ranil and vise versa. Ranil thinks this handful is the population of SL.

    Thomas Ranger Tuesday, 23 October 2012 04:22 AM

    If you are so much concerned, can you please tabulate the number of such ''good for nothing" meeting these two have had since 2005 and what good has come out of it. This must be one of Ranil's examples of his radical changes.

    Antany Monday, 22 October 2012 08:33 AM

    Intellectuals are constantly leaving the country. Recently, over 470 academics have settled in overseas, according to the Ministry of Higher Education. Sooner or later Sri Lanka will be the foolish country in Asia, in fact it is already a foolish country that is why it has been fighting since the independence. People and their leaders are too naive and foolish, they can't understand how much they can achieve together in unity. Tamils are fooled by the Indians continually, now they are fooled by the western countries too. Whether it is Sinhala or Tamil political party, if you are smart you have no place, if you say too much you will be killed. I am a Tamil, but the Tamils hate me because I am smart.

    Imran Hussein Monday, 22 October 2012 08:39 AM

    Thomas, for heaven's sake stop these silly good for nothing reasons. MR is the president, RW is the opposition leader. there are things to be discussed both as different leaders. Having a cup of coffee in a meeting a big issue? You guys criticize RW for every minor things.

    true sri lankan Monday, 22 October 2012 03:18 AM

    Good time will come for your knowledge & Skills.

    true sri lankan Monday, 22 October 2012 03:29 AM

    Good Time will come soon for RW, for his Knowledge & Skills.

    silva Monday, 22 October 2012 04:25 AM

    Very true , no one can understand him. He will always be the leader of the opposition.

    Ranna Ponil Monday, 22 October 2012 10:17 AM

    Ranil and his Working Commitee think and behave the way which is not people friendly at all. There is a tiny fraction of the society who like his ways who think that they live in USA or EU.

    Thomas Ranger Monday, 22 October 2012 04:19 AM

    I think Ranil is looking forward for another cup of black coffee.

    Ranna Ponil Monday, 22 October 2012 10:20 AM

    Ranil and his working committee is good for a handful of "Gentlemen" who think they are English people live in SL.

    ind Monday, 22 October 2012 05:06 AM

    When he has shown his knowledge and skill ??? And what are those skilled you see from him who couldn't even keep the unity of party at least before unite country !!

    pathi Sunday, 21 October 2012 12:19 PM

    deepu salli tika evaraida... thawa tika gannada

    meranchi Sunday, 21 October 2012 12:23 PM

    for what you wanted to talk there is, expert than you you talking rubbish always ...i

    king Sunday, 21 October 2012 01:13 PM

    Ranil is the best Gentleman... tricky... diplomatic... honest .. a complete package... all intelligent people likes him !

    buruwa Sunday, 21 October 2012 01:23 PM

    Mathripala Sirisena seems a good person to appoint as the Minister for Police & Judicial Affairs.

    Ranjith Monday, 22 October 2012 05:36 AM

    He showed his knowledge and skills.in his short tenure as PM with tight hands. Karuna and Pillayan and finally the war are the fruits. Hope DM will give a fair go to my comment

    Rj Sunday, 21 October 2012 02:16 PM

    Lol. Mr Nikamsighe, you are certainly the 21st centuries Udurawana....

    Imran Hussein Sunday, 21 October 2012 02:41 PM

    Let MR clean his own junk. Why offer assistance. He will take your expertise and pretend like its his own idea as usual. Besides he has Dr Mervyn, Weerawanse, Keheliya, Dulles, Dilan, Vasudeva, DM Jayaratne, Sarana, Julampitiye Amare, Cabraal etc to get advise.

    Chams Sunday, 21 October 2012 02:43 PM

    That will be the last nail on Judiciary's coffin!

    The blow Sunday, 21 October 2012 02:45 PM

    Is comming

    Kay Parker Sunday, 21 October 2012 02:46 PM

    You are a waste of time.

    unchikun Sunday, 21 October 2012 02:55 PM

    Ranil is always ready for talks and have tea with his saviour and buddy.

    Senaka Sunday, 21 October 2012 03:10 PM

    Good move RW. This again shows how diplomatic you are. Sadly Sri Lankan can not understand your value. After MR you should be the President of this country. You are well ahead of other possible leaders in UNP.

    Iranga Sunday, 21 October 2012 03:03 PM

    Which UNP is coming for talks ?

    Fazli Sunday, 21 October 2012 03:14 PM

    Sir you should first try and iron out differences within UNP which goodc for the party in particular and country in general. I think this the general opinion that most of us hold.

    dass Monday, 22 October 2012 12:23 PM

    time for another cup of coffee.


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