New Constitution to resolve TNA demands

President-TNA Constitution talks in Parliament Wants New Constitution to resolve TNA demands

By Skandha Gunasekara

The TNA in Parliament yesterday urged President Maithripala Sirisena to introduce a new Constitution to resolve the national problem……instead of bringing in further amendments to the existing Constitution.
The TNA made this request when the entire TNA group of 16 MPs met the President for talks, at his offices in the Parliament Complex ,which lasted two hours.

Speaking to the media soon after the meeting, TNA MP E. Saravanapavan said that Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan had handed over a letter to President Sirisena bearing the signatures of the 16 TNA MPs , stating the TNA’s concerns regarding the drafting of a new Constitution as well as unresolved issues faced by the people in the North and East.
He said that the discussions mainly focused on the need for a new Constitution while other matters such as issues in the North and East were also broached.

The TNA had pointed out the need for a political solution through constitutional reform. The President had stated that his primary objective was to find a permanent solution to the national problem through constitutional reform.
The President had also told the TNA delegation that he had consulted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on any possible role former President Mahinda Rajapaksa could play in the Constitution-making process.

President Sirisena had promised to meet the TNA Parliamentary group again before the end of the Budget debate to discuss the issue further.