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Govt. invites UNP to join Select Committee

10 May 2013 12:47 pm - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Government extended a fresh invitation to the main opposition United National Party (UNP) to join the proposed Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to evolve a political solution to the national question.

During question time, Chief Government Whip Dinesh Gunawardane told parliament that it was important for the UNP as the main opposition political party to join this select committee.

“It is better for the UNP to participate in it and submit its proposals,” he said.

The Chief Whip said this when UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe asked whether action would be taken to establish an independent police commission as recommended by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).

Mr. Wickremesinghe said the Government had agreed, at a meeting with the opposition including the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), to present a formula for political negotiations.

“It is yet to be revealed so that we can participate,” he said and added that the government should promise to repeal the 18th Amendment and reintroduce the 17th Amendment for the establishment of independent commissions.

“If you give us that assurance, we can join the PSC,” he said.

  Comments - 7

  • unchikun Friday, 10 May 2013 01:20 PM

    Ranil may be at Temple Trees by now. It is better for Ranil to join the government. Then the people can have a strong opposition .

    Mason Friday, 10 May 2013 02:04 PM

    What good are these committees, when the ruling party is not willing to accommodate constructive proposals. We saw how shamelessly PSC functioned at the CJ impeachment

    Muthu Friday, 10 May 2013 11:34 PM

    I will bet my last rupee this Govt will never repeal 18th amendment.

    Janaki Kalansuriya Saturday, 11 May 2013 12:07 AM

    and then this one and that one went to strengthen the king's hand and they lived happily ever after!!

    MayIwin Silva Saturday, 11 May 2013 12:33 AM

    Government will do anything to remain in power, while Ranil will do anything to be the opposition leader for ever. Ranil will agree with the proposal without consulting his party members.

    Jagath Leanage Saturday, 11 May 2013 01:37 AM

    Under one condition. Must offer "black coffee". :)

    Lucy Saturday, 11 May 2013 04:02 PM

    Dinesh Gunawardena should get a brain transplant done

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