The United National Party (UNP) today urged the government to introduce laws in line with the Commonwealth ‘Latimer House Principles’ on the removal of judges before going ahead with the impeachment motion.
UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said this was the best option for the government in the wake of the Supreme Court determination which declared that Parliament Standing Orders were not laws.
Mr. Attanayake said a framework of new laws could be introduced by enacting the Bill on the lines suggested by UNP MP Wijedasa Rajapaksa.
He said the UNP would oppose the impeachment motion if the Government went ahead with it.
Mr. Attanayake said the SC determination on Thursday had confirmed the ideas expressed by Opposition UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe with regard to the impeachment process.
He said several groups attacked Mr. Wickremsinghe instead of criticizing the government. These people were only touching the water in the sea of democracy instead of stepping into it.
He said it was UNP which had continued to safeguard democracy and the independence of the Judiciary.
Mr. Attanayake said the UNP members who represented the select committee refrained from appearing in the Appeal Court as the impeachment motion was a matter that had to be dealt with Parliament. He said none of the UNP members in the select committee applied for any redress in the petition filed in the Appeal Court. However, he said the party would make a further statement on Sunday with regard to the Supreme Court ruling. (Yohan Perera)
Quintus Fernando Saturday, 05 January 2013 01:48 AM
Mr.Aththanayake.., WE NEED TO REINSTATE Mr NEVIL SAMARAKOON AS THE CJ OF SRILANKA, IF THIS IMPEACHMENT PROCESS IS WRONG. THIS IS THE SAME PROCESS YOU HAVE USED TO SACK HIM...?
kautilya Saturday, 05 January 2013 06:31 AM
UNP is a part and partial of UFPA. This man's statement is to hoodwink the people and an attempt to revive the lost ground by trumpeting that the Parliament Is Supreme by Ranil the Judas.
CITIZEN Saturday, 05 January 2013 06:21 AM
Although what you say holds water in the "sea of democracy", it is nothing but imperative your Party should have responded the summons by the Court. The Parliament is, no doubt, supreme (NOT THE BUFFOONS THEREIN) according to the Constitution, but the Judiciary is NOT LESS SUPREME, once again according to the Constitution! Your Party should have shown respect to the Rule of Law by heeding the summons. Waxing eloquent and doing nothing in practice will cause the people to lose confidence in the Party! People close to the Leader should give him some positive advice!!
Rahmathullah M. H. Saturday, 05 January 2013 05:30 AM
Your comments are outdated and your Party has already lost people's confidence.
Mason Saturday, 05 January 2013 05:14 AM
UNP is a joke no doubt. Just like the party in power UNP too is losing their creditability quick and fast. It will not be a surprise to see them end up as foot-stools for UPFA. Ranil as a reward you may be made the PM in the current year.
jayantha silva Saturday, 05 January 2013 03:11 AM
The UNP has become a joke !
Jagath Leanage Saturday, 05 January 2013 02:34 AM
We are soo sad. If impeachment passed and CJ removed, that is the end of DEMOCRACY in Sri Lanka.
Sonna Boy Saturday, 05 January 2013 02:30 AM
UNP has finally woken up?
aja Saturday, 05 January 2013 02:18 AM
UNP is dead and gone. Do not waste time with them.
nicky karunarathna Saturday, 05 January 2013 02:10 AM
This is hilarious. Their grand daddy(JRJ) who gave this 1978 constitution and were ruling very happily. Now what? So can you hand over to these muppets again?
Punny Pellow Saturday, 05 January 2013 02:05 AM
And, strangle yourself and all others to death?.
Nihal Amarasekera Saturday, 05 January 2013 02:04 AM
Like "Tsunami "which term people came to know after it actually hit us, "Latimer House Principals" is news and new to commoners. All Greek, but no real prudent actions.
Yehiya Friday, 04 January 2013 12:20 PM
time to scrap the party.
Jayantha Saturday, 05 January 2013 01:36 AM
Innocent fool! He would have been dictating an adviser's not like many political jokers. UNP will be no more soon!
faizal Saturday, 05 January 2013 12:48 AM
They say more now may be because they have enough time study. They are the master mind for this constitution.
Ajith Friday, 04 January 2013 03:39 PM
President needs a good adviser at this critical moment and he is been mislead by a set of jokers. You are playing with FIRE Mr.Presidet!!!!
Malinda Seneviratne Friday, 04 January 2013 03:10 PM
Tissa has either not read the Latimer House Principles or doesn't understand them!
Pali Friday, 04 January 2013 02:38 PM
No more UNP supporters in the country. You are cheating the people.
Thomas Friday, 04 January 2013 01:18 PM
Now you have no authority talk, as you failed to present yourself , when summoned by Court of Appeal
ANTON Friday, 04 January 2013 01:06 PM
LATIMER WAS EXECUTED FOR HERESY.
Alligator Friday, 04 January 2013 12:55 PM
Sinking stupid ship
chithra Friday, 04 January 2013 12:40 PM
Shameless party and its leaders. Without using the maximum force to stop illegal things now try to make use the Supreme Court decision to their advantage. They can only issue statements. No action.
Naari Friday, 04 January 2013 12:38 PM
Finally they said something constructive....
Potta Sunil Friday, 04 January 2013 12:35 PM
This is a face saving suggestion! UNP should have faced the Court, instead of hiding behind the government at the last minute.
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