Just a week after President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s first meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in India where the Indian leader reiterated the need for Sri Lanka to implement the 13th Amendment to the Constitution and go beyond, the Mahinda Rajapaksa government has said it will not fully implement the 13th Amendment.
The government has said that police powers will not be devolved to the provinces even if the 13th Amendment is fully implemented.Cabinet Spokesperson, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella has told the media at a news conference in Kandy that Cabinet will take the final decision on the implementation of the 13th Amendment.
He has added that the government has already decided not to devolve police powers to the provinces and that those powers will remain with the central government.
Also while the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is in the process of formulating the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to probe alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka, the government has said it will not assist the investigation. Cabinet Spokesperson, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella has said the government has rejected the US backed resolution that has called for an investigation on Sri Lanka that was adopted at the UNHRC this March. Rambukwella has said there is no question of any process affiliated to assisting the probe since the government has rejected it.