Tamils in UK urged to back Constitutional reforms process

Tamils in London have been urged to support the Constitutional reforms process currently underway in Sri Lanka.

Parliamentarian and a member of the Sub-Committee in the Constitutional Assembly, Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne, said that it will be impossible and unrealistic to expect all aspirations and demands of everyone to be met when the new Constitution is drafted.

“There have to be compromises,” he said.

 Wickramaratne was speaking at a forum organised by the Non Resident Tamils of Sri Lanka (NRTSL) in London.

‘We have to recognise that the process of constitution reform currently taking place in Sri Lanka may not result in the ‘best constitution for Sri Lanka’, but we have to aim it to be the ‘best constitution for Sri Lanka in the context of the current realities and circumstances’,’ NRTSL  quoted Dr. Wickramaratne as saying in a media release.

Dr Wickramaratne was in London on the special invitation of the NTRSL and during his three day stay he met with British parliamentarians and the officials of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The meeting with Tamil groups in London was chaired by NRTSL Chairman Visvalingam Sivalingam. In his speech at the Dr. Wickramaratne went through the details of the process that is taking place in Sri Lanka and the progress made so far.

The meeting was attended on invitation by the members of a cross section of Tamil organisations and leaders in the UK.

The Chairman of the UK branch of Tamil National Alliance, K Ratnasingam, speaking at the discussion said that the Constitution should be drafted with the support of the TNA and should include full devolution. (Colombo Gazette)