Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who will be handed this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to achieve a peace agreement with the FARC guerrillas, says that although the Sri Lankan model was extensively studied they did not think it was the correct procedure for Colombia. Beginning with a ceasefire agreement in early 2002, for almost five years a series of peace talks, facilitated by Norway, took place between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE. The Colombian President’s agreement with FARC put an end to 50 years of civil war. Responding to a question by “N.Sethu from NORWAY NEWS – NIPS” at a press conference after arriving in Oslo on Friday for his acceptance of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, President Santos said […]
14th December 2016
The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, has issued a statement refuting the Sri Lankan Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapakshe’s allegation that he and the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) have demanded a ban on Buddha’s statues being erected in the overwhelmingly Hindu (and Christian) Northern Province. The Chief Minister said that he and the Northern Provincial Council had only objected to the illegal erection of Buddhist statues and the building of Buddha Viharas in areas where there are no Buddhists. He also said that the objection was to the erection of these illegally on forcibly seized privately owned lands. Statues of the Buddha and the construction of Buddhist temple are being done without consulting the elected Provincial Council. Wigneswaran clarified that neither he […]
By Thilini Kaushalya Wijesinghe Leader of the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya and Member of Parliament Udaya Gammanpila claimed that 28 parliamentarians from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the United National Party have decided to join the Joint Opposition against the new Constitution. Speaking at a media briefing, held at the main office of the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya office yesterday (12), Gammanpila said that in order to defeat the new Constitution, 76 Parliamentarians are required and as there are 51 in the Joint Opposition with the twenty-eight joining from the SLFP and the UNP, they have 79 and have thus decided to defeat the new Constitution. He added that hoped to increase the number of crossovers to 35.
By J. T. De Silva Although the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) are together in the Government of ‘Good Governance’, their stances on the new Constitution, being totally different to each other, is a serious problem, Leader of the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna Dinesh Gunawardena told Ceylon Today. He also said that in such a background, the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna submitting proposals regarding the new Constitution has also become a problem. Gunawardena further said that other political parties are also facing this same situation. He said that no clear conclusion has been reached regarding the powers of the executive, the parliament, the Provincial Councils and the method of election for Local Government Institutions etc. He also said that opinions and […]
Minister SB Dissanayake says the Executive Presidency should be implemented for the 13th Constitutional amendment to be enacted. Speaking to media in Kandy today, Minister Dissanayake said he personally feels that the Executive Presidency should be kept at a certain level is the 13th Constitution is to be enacted. The Minister also spoke of the importance of implementing the powers of the Executive Presidency. He said powers of the Executive Presidency were reduced when formulating the 19th Constitutional amendment, where the powers were divided between the Parliament, the Prime Minister, the Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reform, the Elections Commission, Judicial Service Commission and the National Police Commission. However, the Minister said an issue will arise when implementing the 13th Constitutional amendment, as it was […]
By Laksiri Fernando – Dr. Laksiri Fernando Mahinda Rajapaksa issued a statement on “Constitutional Reform Programme” recently (4 December 2016) referring to the six Sub-Committee reports submitted to the Constitutional Assembly (Parliament), without enlightening the public of ‘what was exactly wrong’ or ‘what should be revised’ in respect of the recommendations that they have submitted. This was not worthy of a person who was the President of the country twice, elected in 2005 and 2010. It is true that in 2010 he backtracked his initial promise of 2005 to abolish the presidential system and bring a new constitution, but nevertheless promised to expand on devolution (13+) including the establishment of a Senate (Mahinda Chintana 2010, p. 54-55). For those who have a bad memory this […]