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27 June 2013 07:12 am - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The President during a meeting with the leaders of the leftist parties yesterday , had said the basis of the Parliamentary Select Committee process would be the recommendations of the All Party Representatives  Committee (APRC) headed by Prof. Tissa Vitharana.

The President had said this when making a presentation with regard to the 13th Amendment to the leaders of the leftist parties, with the participation of representatives of “state agencies”, sources said.

However during the ensuring discussion the President had “not given reasons” for the omission of Prof. Tissa Vitharana from the PSC headed by Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva, despite the issue being raised by the Minister Vasudewa Nanayakkara, informed sources said.

Sources said that during the meeting attended by Ministers Vasudeva Nanayakkara and D.E.W Gunasekara, which lasted for close to half an hour at Temple Trees, the President had briefed the Ministers about “inherent administrative matters related to the granting of Police Powers” to the Provincial Councils.

The two ministers were the only Political representatives at the discussion.

The Ministers had in turn presented their “unequivocal stance” with regard to the 13th Amendment, sources said.

The APRC headed by Prof. Tissa Witharana formed on July 11, 2006, was boycotted by the UNP and the JVP.

The final report of the committee was presented to the President on August 16, 2009 with none of the proposals being implemented thus far.

Speaking to Daily Mirror Online Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara confirmed the meeting that took place at Temple Trees and said that there was consensus to further discuss the matters related to the implementation of the 13th Amendment at the Parliament Select Committee.

“We want all the parties to join the Select Committee process and discuss the entire issue.  The President told us that the APRC recommendations would be the basis of the PSC proceedings. The PSC is a parliamentary body and should not be seen as a government body and therefore it shouldn’t be identified as such. We urge all parties to participate in the process,” he said ( Hafeel Farisz)

  Comments - 9

  • hb Thursday, 27 June 2013 07:56 AM

    APRC recommendation are the basis for the PSC, but the leader of the APRC is not included in the PSC. This kind of thing does not happen anywhere in the world except for the miracle of asia.

    Thomas Thursday, 27 June 2013 08:26 AM

    APRC is in the Dust Bin

    Ram Perera Thursday, 27 June 2013 08:42 AM

    APRC was intended to be acted upon. Now further discussions taking APRC report as the base. After the PSC they will have further talks based on the PSC finding as the base. This will never end

    Bandara Manik Thursday, 27 June 2013 08:48 AM

    All parties must use the opportunity to join PSC and discuss issues and options. Running to India or making statements to media are not the solutions.

    Nadi Karunaratne Thursday, 27 June 2013 08:55 AM

    These government leftists have accepted everything so far so I doubt they will hold out to thwart Gota, Champika and Wimal on this one. The rehime Marxists sold their souls years ago and now they are in their dotage it would be remarkable if they were to discover lost principles.

    sathees Thursday, 27 June 2013 11:26 AM

    Enough talks, now action is due . . .

    Punny Pellow Friday, 28 June 2013 03:00 AM

    And, the PSC will be the basis for...?.

    pussy Friday, 28 June 2013 05:43 AM

    PSC is a time buying execrcise but this time it will be observed internationally. Why TNA has to go to Delhi is because lack of accomodation and political forsight by government politicians. If your family does not take care of you, you have to turn to your neighbour for assistance, which will finally be not good for the entire family - interference and all the problems start. So, if the sinhala people want to keep issues without foreign involvement, they must give meaningful devolution and provide a safe and secure future for tamils in their historical areas of habitation. Then we can enjoy the same good old sinhala - tamil relationships that existed in the past. This has to come from the hearts of the sinhalese and they must chase these politicians who use the ethnic problem to better their personal goals

    leel Friday, 28 June 2013 07:55 AM

    he is deceiving all the people all the time as usual.

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