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We do it Premadasa's way

2013 Jul 13

By Ravi Ladduwahetty

 

Government Spokesman and Media Minister, Keheliya Rambukwella, yesterday defended the government decision to have only its members in the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on the 13th Amendment, citing an example of the PSCs during the Ranasinghe Premadasa Presidency.

 

He said President Premadasa also had a system of having PSCs, which had representation of political parties according to the percentages of MPs represented in the House. He also said the government had given the option to the opposition members to provide recommendations to the PSC. "Otherwise, people like the United National Party (UNP) Leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe, will run to Geneva claiming they have been discriminated," he said.

 

Rambukwella also said the UNP Leader, who was hooted when he went to see the families of the fishermen in Beruwala, who died due to a recent thunderstorm, said he would be going to Geneva. "So, we will have an open mind regarding the amendments as well."

 

He said there was nothing wrong in saying that Sri Lanka was giving an internal solution for the national question, as the Indo - Lanka Accord was not necessarily the blueprint for the solution. "That Accord was not something that was engraved in stone and it was thrust on Sri Lanka, a fact, which was conveyed by Minister Basil Rajapaksa to the Indian leaders, he said.

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