Why have we got to inform every thing we do to India ?
Posted on July 3rd, 2013

By Charles.S.Perera

The Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse has rightly said , “Sri Lanka should not listen to India with regard to the implementation of the 13th Amendment as the national problem was inherently one that should be solved by Sri Lankans.” And added, “We should not listen to India on this; this doesn’t meant that we lose the relationship we have with India. But if there is a problem it should only be solved by Sri Lankans and not India,”

Perhaps as the big neighbour next door we should tell India what we are doing .  But India is not a friendly neighbour though we try to make it look like it is our best friend.  It was India’s manipulation into our internal affairs that has  allowed it to leave us with a sword of the Damocles. The time has come for us to remove it before it would fall on our heads.

How can we make India wise to look after it own business, when it is shivering with fear not wanting to invoke the wrath of a foolish woman  Jayalalitha of  Tamil Nadu.  The great India is dancing to the tune of  a politically inept Jayalalitha despite its claim to leadership in Asia.

In the meantime we have our own foolish politicians who vow to take revenge from Sri Lanka if the 13Amenment is removed.  How can one understand  Vasudeva Nanyakkara’s determination even to leave the Government if the 13 Amendment is removed ?  The only reasonable explanation is that he wants to please his son-in-law who is apparently a Tamil-the Judge Vigneswaran’s son.

That  is the explanation that could be drawn from his subsequent  statement:

“We have taken an oath to accept the Constitution and although there may be diverse views regarding the 13th Amendment we have to accept it. It is the democratic right of the people to hold such views as the complete repealing of the 13th amendment or curtailing of its powers”

He is sitting between two chairs, not wanting to sit lest he would fall.  Vasudeva, or  Rajitha Senaratne  leaving the Government would be no great loss provided the government is able to  remove the  unwanted mole sticking out from the Constitution of Sri Lanka.

However, a wise advice to the government comes from an unlikely person , from an unlikely party.  Ravi Karunanayake from the UNP had said:

“If, the government is really committed as it says to diluting or scrapping devolution, do it now without looking for scapegoats and adopting time wasting exercises such as Parliamentary Select Committees. The ethnic conflict has been discussed for decades and all the issues and solutions have been identified. ”

And how true is what Ravi Karunanayake says without mincing words: “The only thing left to do is implementation which is not forthcoming obviously due to the lack of guts in matching words with action.”

When can we expect the Government to develop its guts strong enough to do what is necessary, when its pride in elimination of terrorism seems to be waning as time passes by.

In the meantime the Government sends an emissary to India-Basil Rajapakse to meet Salman Kurshid the External Affairs Minister of India , and its National Security Advisor Shivasankar Menon, to  ” “¦.brief them on the political situation including matters relating to the proposed amendments to the thirteenth amendment.”

Basil Rajapakse is unfortunately not meeting the correct people in India , he should have met Jayalalith instead as she is to-day the most politically important person in India, Manmohan Singh playing second fiddle to her.

Who have become the most vociferous people in Sri Lanka ro-day ?

It is the MPs of the LTTE proxi Party TNA.  TNA MP Premachandran says, “The aim of the PSC is to dilute the powers of the 13A. We can’t agree to that. We want 13 plus “.   Sampathan the leader of the TNA has said, “”¦.the attempt by the Government to weaken the 13th Amendment comes despite its continued commitment to India and the UN to implement the 13th Amendment to the Constitution in full, and go beyond and build upon it so as to achieve meaningful devolution.”

Sampanthan has added, that, “”¦”¦. in the absence of any Opposition member of Parliament, this PSC will be nothing but a sub-committee of the Government Parliamentary Group and not a Parliamentary Select Committee and will have no credibility whatsoever,”

In that case only thing Sampanthan has to do  to make the PSC credible is to join it.  If he does not accept to participate in the PSC deliberations which is the most democratic thing to do, then he has to accept the decisions of the PSC taken in their absence.

In the mean time Rauf Hakeem who had been trusted  by the government to make him the Minister of Justice of Sri Lanka had said, ” The PSC must be put in the dust bin. There will be no main opposition, no TNA, no SLMC”,  showing that he is the most unfit person to be a trusted Minster of Justice of Sri Lanka.

As the Minister of Justice he should understand that PSC is a democratic Parliamentary procedure in keeping with the Constitution and it is the “duty” of every parliamentarian to respect it and join its deliberations, and more so Rauf Hakeem the Minister of Justice.

Sarath Fonseka whose party is to contest the three PC elections has said, “”¦ amending the 13th Amendment to the Constitution at this juncture would disrupt the ethnic harmony in the country.”

It is not a correct evaluation of the 13Amendment. The  removal of the 13 Amendment  and  drawing  up a more representative system of regional administration will give a voice to ordinary Tamil People, who are now dominated by the high caste Tamil politicians who work for the separation of the Tamil people from the rest of the Communities.

The 13 Amendment left as it is will give power not to the local Tamil people at the grass root level but to those English speaking Vellalas from the diaspora and proxi terrorist TNA MPs.

Perhaps it would have been more appropriate to go to the people and remove the 13Amendment by a referendum, instead of loosing  further time removing  clauses from here and there to water down the effect of the 13 Amendment.

It is not a watered down 13 Amendment that is necessary for Sri Lanka but the complete removal of it.

13 Responses to “Why have we got to inform every thing we do to India ?”

  1. Ananda-USA Says:

    INDEED, Sri Lanka should NOT LISTEN to India on the 13th-A!

    Since WHEN are VICTIMS of ABUSE required to HEED the ABUSERS after escaping their clutches?

    HERE is the HYPOCRISY of Indians.:

    First they initiate, train, support and fund Tamil terrorism in Sri Lanka to serve their interests,
    then Threaten, Invade and Occupy Sri Lanka under the guise of “Peacekeepers” when that terrorism is in FULL SWING, preventing Sri Lanka from defending itself against their terrorist surrogates,
    then they CHANGE OUR CONSTITUTION and IMPOSE the 13th Amendment upon Sri Lanka at GUNPOINT to solve their own problems presumably to ensure “ethnic harmony” in Sri Lanka that they themselves disrupted,
    then they allow that terrorism to GROW beyond their ability to control it,
    then they declare victory and advance to the REAR back to India leaving Sri Lanka with their terrorist baby to feed,
    and now, after the Tamil Separatist Monster they impregnated Sri Lanka with had been eradicated at great cost in blood and treasure, they come along demanding that Sri Lanka implement their Flawed Solution to the problem they embedded in Sri Lanka, having abandoned their own responsibility to restore the Sovereignty of Sri Lanka by disarming the LTTE!

    They CREATED the”problem”.
    They IMPOSED an ILLEGAL “Solution”.
    They FAILED to do their part of their “solution”.
    And NOW, they are demanding that Sri Lanka implements SRi Lanka’s part of their FAILED ILLEGAL “solution” that they imposed at GUNPOINT, and FAILED to HONOR themselves!

    There is no other word for it, but RAPE! Under which Internationally accepted LAW is Sri Lanka compelled to deliver a RAPISTS baby?

    Is there a GREATER CRIME than the STUPIDITY of OUR LEADERS who are STILL arguing this issue and TREATING India as ANYTHING MORE than a ABUSIVE NEIGHBOR who should be kicked in the behind and locked out of the house?

    We should not listen to India on 13 A – Gotabaya

    July 2, 2013

    Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said today that Sri Lanka should not listen to India with regard to the implementation of the 13th Amendment as the national problem was inherently one that should be solved by Sri Lankans.

    “We should not listen to India on this; this doesn’t meant that we lose the relationship we have with India. But if there is a problem it should only be solved by Sri Lankans and not India,” he said.

    He said the national question should have a homegrown solution — and the debate about 13th Amendment should not affect the relations between the two countries.

    “India is our friend and we need to continue the good relations. This should not be an issue to strain our relationship, and I’m of the view that India understands that. They should understand that this is inherently a Sri Lankan issue and we have to address it with a solution that we devise” he said,
    Rajapaksa said the “alienation of provinces based on ethnicity” was not the solution to the ethnic issue.

    “This is not the solution; and it has failed. There are Tamils living in all parts of the country and Muslims too — so what about them? How does the Provincial Council system solve their problems? I believe in the decentralisation of administration; but I don’t believe that areas should be demarcated according to ethnicity, religion, caste or creed. This country belongs to all Sri Lankans and we have to think in those terms,” he said. (Hafeel Farisz)

  2. Ananda-USA Says:

    The LACK OF RESOLVE of the GOSL in moving to REPEAL the 13th Amendment DECISIVELY, ENCOURAGES even Foreign NGOs to MEDDLE in Sri Lanka’s INTERNAL POLITICS!

    WHAT CHANCE has Sri Lanka for long term SECURITY when its DEFENDERS DITHER wringing their TREMBLING hands?

    Oh, How Low the Mighty Heroes of our Hela Diva have Fallen today! Give me leaders who have NOTHING TO PROTECT but their Motherland!

    Expelled German NGO in talks with TNA, TNPF, GTF

    By Shamindra Ferdinando
    July 2, 2013

    A German NGO expelled from Sri Lanka, at the height of the Vanni offensive, is pushing the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) as well as the most influential Diaspora grouping – the UK headquartered Global Tamil Forum (GTF) to adopt a common strategy on the national issue.

    The TNPF headed by former MP Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam is a breakaway faction of the TNA. The TNA split in the wake of the LTTE battlefield defeat in May 2009 leading to the formation of the TNPF, which contested Jaffna and Trincomalee electoral districts at the April 2010 parliamentary election, on its own. The TNPF is not represented in parliament.

    Authoritative sources told The Island that the TNA, TNPF and the GTF had recently met in Berlin under the auspices of the Berghof Foundation to discuss an entire range of issues, particularly the proposed first Northern Provincial Council election.

    The NGO is funded by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

    Sources said that a two-day conference took place on June 22 and 23 with the participation of Suresh Premachandran (Jaffna District MP), M. A. Sumanthiran (National List MP) and Selvam Adaikalanathan (TELO leader and Vanni District MP) representing the TNA, Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam and S. Kajendran from the TNPF and GTF leader Rev. Father S.J Emmanuel and its spokesperson Suren Surendiran.

    The British Tamil Forum (BTF) too, is believed to have participated in the discussions.

    The Berghof Foundation suspended its operations in Sri Lanka late April 2008 subsequent to government decision to rescind a work permit issued to the then Country Director Dr. Nobert Ropers. The Berghof Foundation launched its project here in July 2001 on the invitation of the then government.

    The TNA’s recent announcement that it would boycott the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) appointed to recommend ways and means of settling the national problem should be examined taking into consideration the deliberations made in Berlin, sources said. Responding to a query, an official said that the TNA and the TNPF were believed to be divided over their strategy in case the government called for northern provincial council elections even under the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.

    Sources speculated that TNPF was likely to boycott the elections widely expected to be held in September.

    Sources said that Berghof Foundation sponsored two meetings for the same purpose in Singapore (April 2011) and Berlin (January 2013). Sources asserted that the project was aimed at agreeing on a roadmap to achieve their objectives, which remained the same in spite of eradication of the LTTE’s conventional military power.

    At the inauguration of the TNPF, the party pledged it was committed to the concept of Tamil nationalism, homeland, Tamil nationhood, Tamil sovereignty and Tamils’ Right to self-determination. The All Ceylon Tamil Congress was the main constituent of the TNPF, they said.

    Former TNA MP Pathmini Sithamparanathan had been an original member of the TNPF, sources said, adding that the majority of those who threw their weight behind the new party were close to the LTTE, particularly its top leadership.

  3. Lorenzo Says:

    Good statement Gota but NO ACTION by his brothers.

    Hope BR will not contradict GR.

  4. S.Gonsalkorale Says:

    Time has come now for the real king to claim back throne occupied by Andare who is running the country.

  5. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    It makes me non-plussed, trying to understand the servility of the President, sending his brother BR to Endia to explain, WHAT ?

    Parliament has become a lunatic asylum. One lunatic flashes the torch at the Parliament ceiling, and ask another lunatic, whether he could walk on the beam to the ceiling. The lunatic thinks, ~~then he says, I know what you are trying to do, when Iam walking half way, you will switch off. THIS IS THE TYPICAL MENTALITY OF THE PARLIAMENTARIANS TODAY. They do not know the real Sri Lankan world, is outside Parliament. Sorry, no malice, the President, right now needs a Psychiatrist, to look into his mental state.

    Lunatics are even threatening to leave the asylum. Good. That is, less one lunatic. Less feed.

  6. Fran Diaz Says:

    The 13-A (imposed by India under Duress in 1987) has existed for 26 yrs. Many governments have come and gone. It is only under the present government that the people have felt secure enough even to question the validity of the 13-A. Democracy has begun to show its face in Lanka !

    India appears to be ‘ruling’ over Lanka. Who is ‘ruling’ over India this time ?

    The delay is following due process – that’s how it is in a Democracy. Remove the 13-A completely and let Democracy rule.

  7. Ananda-USA Says:

    Talking about Emperors Without Clothes, here comes SArath Gonseka, without a stitch to cover his NAKEDNESS.

    Instead of crawling into a Black Hole to hide his head in SHAME at his INGRATITUDE & TREACHERY against his Motherland, his Colleagues and his Superiors in Government, this UNPRINCIPLED MAN DARES TO SHOW HIS FACE in the Political Arena AGAIN!

    This time he goes ONE STEP FURTHER in his TREACHERY … he supports the 13th Amendment to EMPOWER those very same terrorists who attempted to blow him to bits, and against whom he fought at the HEAD of Sri Lanka’s Patriotic Army.

    Does this man know NO SHAME!

    He was rescued from the threshold of retirement and given the opportunity he begged for to lead the Sri Lanka Army by Gotabhaya & Mahinda Rajapaksa. He used that position to aggrandize himself, and to arrogate to himself ALL ACCOMPLISHMENTS of ALL OTHER Heroic Officers … his comrades in arms against the LTTE … who bore the brunt of that Heroic War of National Liberation.

    Driven by UNBOUNDED AMBITION & GREED, he REPAID the GENEROSITY of the Rajapaksa’s, who raised him up to receive the adulation of Sri Lankan Patriots, by accusing them of a war crime.

    Even today, Sri Lanka is STILL trying to Dispel that charge, and overcome its international repercussions, against its Heroic Armed Forces.

    Sarath Gonseka, do us PATRIOTS OF LANKA a FAVOR and PLEASE SHUT UP & GO AWAY! We would like to FORGET ABOUT YOU, just as every American Patriot wants to erase the memory of the traitor Gen. Benedict Arnold of the Continental Army in the War of Independence.

    To Sarath Gonseka, a hollow man bereft of virtue, that immortal cry “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori” is without resonance, of no meaning at all!

    Changing 13th Amendment would disrupt ethnic harmony, Sri Lanka’s former Army Commander says

    ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    July 03, Colombo: Former Army Commander of Sri Lanka and Leader of the Democratic Party, Sarath Fonseka says amending the 13th Amendment to the Constitution at this juncture would disrupt the ethnic harmony in the country.

    Explaining that the solution to the current issues could only be brought about by a new Constitution and not by amending the existing Constitution, Fonseka says the Northern Provincial Council election should be held without revising the 13th Amendment.

    He said that he does not agree with the proposed draft constitution put forward by the main opposition United National Party (UNP), especially on the formation of an executive council.

    According to Fonseka, his party would contest at the Northern Provincial Council election and would also field a powerful chief ministerial candidate at the North Western Provincial Council election.

  8. Ananda-USA Says:

    Indo-Lanka Accord is not a valid document – JHU

    ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    July 03, Colombo: An Ally of Sri Lanka’s governing party, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) says that the Indo-Lanka Accord is an invalid document since India had failed to honor its pledge.

    JHU General Secretary, Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said that the Indo-Lanka Accord and the 13th Amendment to the Constitution are both invalid.

    Addressing a rally in Colombo yesterday, the Minister noted that India had failed to disarm the LTTE as agreed in the Indo-Lanka Accord.

    He explained that India had pledged to disarm the LTTE in 72 hours after entering into the agreement but had failed to do.

    Therefore, he notes that the Sri Lankan government should realize that the agreement is invalid.

    According to Ranawaka, it is a misconception to believe that power could be won in the country by holding the Tamil vote bank in one hand and the Muslim votes in the other.

  9. Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha Says:

    To quote the article headlines: “Why have we got to inform every thing we do to India ?” the obvious answer is we do not. None of India’s neighbors which include Pakistan, Russia, China, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar do not inform New Delhi on anything that they do. So why continue to play India’s game of her version of the “Monroe Doctrine”?

  10. Ananda-USA Says:

    Basil is the WRONG MAN for telling India what it does not want to hear!

    Should send ALL THREE …. Gota, Basil and Lalith Weeratunga … who had kept India informed during the Eelam War.

    Gota will provide the necessary BACKBONE to SAY WHAT MUST BE SAID! Basil alone may backtrack!

    Sri Lankan Minister leaves for India to discuss changes to13th Amendment

    ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    July 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Economic Development Minister and Senior Adviser to the President Basil Rajapaksa left for India Thursday to apprise high ranking officials of the Indian government on the Sri Lankan government’s stance on13th Amendment to the Constitution.

    Minister Basil Rajapaksa is expected to inform the Indian officials of the government’s stance on police and land powers and the reasons behind that stance.

    He will meet Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Kurshid and National Security Advisor Shivsankar Menan during his two day stay in India.

    Cabinet Spokesman and Mass Media and Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella at the cabinet press briefing held in Colombo today said the Sri Lankan government has informed India at diplomatic level on the proposed revisions to the 13th Amendment.

    The Sri Lankan government is required to officially inform the Indian government of the intended changes to the 13th Amendment since India is also a partner of the agreement, according to Minister Rambukwella.

    The 13th Amendment to the Sri Lankan constitution, which created the provincial council system in the island under the Indo-Lanka Accord in 1987 as a solution to devolve power, is found to be problematic under the current political situation.

    Minister Rambukwella said although land and police powers were vested with the provincial councils by the 13th Amendment these powers have not been practically used by the provincial councils for over past 25 years. The Minister added that the government is considering to dilute those powers vested in the provincial councils.

  11. jayasiri Says:

    This is politics. That is how Sri lanka is run, please most of the crooks, thugs & friends in high places. But the delay is DUE TO HE President, still wnats Commonwealth Conference in Hambantota. Now is that too much to ask?.

    Only problem is we have to wait a little bit longer. Just beleive me, when it is over, Mr. President will be a different man…So it is good for us to say all the things in the world, BUT nothing will happen tll November 2013.

    I am not against the wait, my anger is with our politicians from Govt Party & some opposition parties run to India. DO THEY REALLY HAVE any education or expertise about Sri Lanka. If our politicians have NOT YET realised, it is NOT, Tamils in Sri Lanka, India is concerned about, it is TAMIL NADU( the toilet state )they are woried about.

    But India knows once that issue is settled, they will cook up something else to interfere. Our leaders RUN always to India can’t they go to China & get advise how to control or de-stablaize India? Why are these people,wasting everyones valuable time & energy.

    Our president is ONLY scared of Buddhist clergy & Buddjst voters in the South. HIS power base is in the South & India has conveniently opend another LISTENING POST, like the USA in the Hambantota, to keep Indians happily employed & Tamils to migrate to South & deprive our Sinhalese YOUTH from gaining any employment.

    Wake up people, President alone cannot do everything, our silent majority SHOULD NOT be silent anymore. Time to get involved, DEPRIVE Indians coming to Sri lanka, taking our jobs. DO NOT allow Indians to BUY LAND in Colombo, sea side towns like Wellawatta, Bambalapitya & Colpetty area. These areas SHOULD be prohibited to Indians & TAMILS ofcoure. I know people will say when we speak, he is racist, IT IS NOTHING TO DO with racism, it is LOOKING after our own citizens born in Sri lanka, THAT THEY GET FIRST PLACE in every issue we have.

    It is time our WRITERS, express views that encourage people to take action, not merely write. I am also guilty of this BUT I am a retired person, & I can ONLY express my views from a distance. IT IS TIME TO WAKE -UP, poor in Lanka are just managinng with a few meals a day if they are lucky & have no time to invest in these problems.

    Thank you all……..Lets hope after Nevember, President will hold a referandum..God Bless All..~ J

  12. Ananda-USA Says:


    I DISAGREE! The PC elections in September PRECEDES the CHOGM meeting held in November. After the PC Elections, the Tiger Nominated Agents of the TNA will be in CONTROL of the Northern PC, with the Full Blessing and Support of India, Tamil Nadu, Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora, and the Western Neo-Colonialist Powers. Ousting the TNA Separatists from that Position of Power will be MUCH MORE DIFFICULT, if not IMPOSSIBLE, than preventing them getting there in the first place!

    The CHOGM meeting is a mere Bagetelle compared to the Loss of Sovereignty due to the empowerment of UNREPENTENT SEPARATISTS in the PC Election.

    It is a STUPENDOUS FOLLY to allow the Northern PC Elections to take place under the UNMODIFIED 13-A! It is an ACT which will cause INCALCULABLE harm to Sovereign Sri Lanka.

    The STANCE of India (See article below on what Basil was told in India) confirms India’s ENDURING COMMITTMENT to the EVENTUAL DISINTEGRATION of Sri Lanka.

    The GOSL should RECOGNIZE that this struggle to REPEAL the 13th Amendment and RESTORE Sri Lanka’s Sovereign CROWN to her is Eelam War V !

    India emphasizes full implementation of the 13th Amendment in Sri Lanka

    ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    July 05, Colombo: India has stressed the need for Sri Lanka to fully implement the 13th Amendment to the Constitution including the devolution of police and land powers to the provinces.

    During a meeting with Sri Lanka’s Economic Development Minister and President’s senior adviser Basil Rajapaksa in New Delhi, India’s External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has emphasized that the 13th Amendment should not be diluted and Sri Lanka should go beyond the amendment to ensure meaningful devolution of powers.

    Minister Rajapaksa is visiting New Delhi to inform the Indian officials of President’s decision to hold elections to Northern Provincial Council and convey the Sri Lankan government’s stance on the proposed changes to the 13th Amendment to the Indian leaders, mainly as a formality since the amendment was introduced under the Indo-Lanka agreement of 1987.

    Minister Khurshid welcomed the proclamation made by the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa President Friday (July 05) to hold the elections to the Northern Provincial Council.

    President Rajapaksa today directed the Elections Commissioner to hold the elections to the Northern PC and according to the Elections Commissioner elections will be held in the latter half of September.

    The government expects to amend the legislation giving land and police powers to provinces before the provincial council elections are held.

    Khurshid has stressed the importance of all political parties in Sri Lanka being represented in the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC), which has appointed to resolve the issues relating to constitutional reform, and expressed hope that all parties would join the process.

    The Indian Minister has commended the government’s efforts in reconstruction, resettlement, and infrastructure development as well as the steps taken to improve the livelihoods of the people in the Northern Province including rapid strides made in the agriculture sector.

    Earlier Khurshid has conveyed Indian government’s view on the 13th Amendment to his Sri Lankan counterpart Minister G.L. Peiris stressing the need to keep the amendment unchanged.

    Minister Rajapaksa has also held meetings with the National Security Advisor shiv Shankar Menon and the Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai.

  13. Ananda-USA Says:

    This Pusillanimous Politician, Rajitha Senaratne, is DEAD WRONG!

    Moving NOT TO REPEAL the 13th Amendment and HOLDING PC ELECTIONS in September will be the FACTOR DECIDING the Government’s FATE!

    It has ALWAYS BEEN the PATRIOTS of Sri Lanka who have STOOD FAST & SUPPORTED the UPFA Government through THICK & THIN; NOT the WEAK HEARTS & TREACHEROUS ALLIES who have tempoprarily attached themselves to the UPFA for PERSONAL GAIN; kissing the hand they would rather bite!

    LOSE the PATRIOTS, and the UPFA Government will LOSE POWER as well.

    Move to repeal 13th Amendment would decide the government’s fate – Sri Lankan minister

    ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    July 06, Colombo: A Sri Lankan government minister says that any move to repeal the 13th Amendment to the Constitution would be a deciding factor on the government’s fate.

    Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne told the media that the government will lose power if the 13th Amendment is repealed.

    Explaining that a political solution to the ethnic issue could only be found by removing any misunderstandings in the minds of the minority communities, the Minister has said that those opposed to the 13th Amendment are not nationalists, but chauvinists.

    According to Dr. Senaratne, devolution of power under the 13th Amendment is the best possible solution available at the moment, since it maintains a unitary State, retaining control with the government and Parliament.

    He has added that it was unlikely that amendments to the 13th Amendment would be made before the Northern Provincial Council election.

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