Reiterating the call for a solution based on federal structure, leader of the main Opposition Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R. Sampanthan said Switzerland “is an ideal model” for Sri Lanka to consider while making constitution.
Visiting Speaker of the National Council of the Federal Assembly of Switzerland Christa Markwalder met the leader of the opposition at his office in parliament on Thursday.
Speaking to reporters after meeting Markwalder, Sampanthan said that there were many lessons which Sri Lanka could learn from Switzerland in terms of power devolution and peaceful co-existence.
“It’s an excellent model for Sri Lanka. So, we discussed particularly the constitution and the constitutional making process in Sri Lanka. There are many lessons for Sri Lanka to learn,” he said.
“Switzerland is a country with an excellent constitutional arrangement. The Cantons exercise substantial power. Switzerland is a very prosperous country as a result of people being united,” the TNA leader said.
The meeting took place a day a couple of days after Sri Lanka and Switzerland entered into a bilateral migration agreement, in order to strengthen cooperation on migration matters and regulates the terms of the deportation of Sri Lankan nationals.
The Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) said that the new agreement would formalise in writing the existing procedures for mutual cooperation with the Sri Lankan authorities with regard to the readmission of persons who no longer fulfil the conditions for continued residence in the respective other country.
Markwalder, arrived in Sri Lanka on October 06 on a three-day official visit, has already met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.