By Thambithurai Pratheepan
Former Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran told the Australian Deputy Ambassador, Victoria Coakley, on Wednesday, that the current political crisis in the country can be solved by both, newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, entering into an agreement to form a national government for the remaining two years.
He added that if a national government can function since January 2015, both current and former Prime Ministers should form a national government for the betterment of the country and people.
Coakley asked how this suggestion could be possible, to which Wigneswaran explained that after forming the national government both parties can table a framework to uplift the economy of the country by stabilizing the rupee.
Both parties can consider on how to regain the GSP and other funds that are on hold after the political crisis erupted.
Wigneswaran also pointed out how the issues of Tamil people must be addressed. “Both parties can initiate a dialogue with the President to release Tamil PTA prisoners, to abolish the Prevention of Terrorism Act, to further strengthen the Office of Missing Persons, to reach a solution before the UNHRC sessions in Geneva in March 2019 and a political solution can be found through a new Constitution that highlights federal features.
Constitutional developments could be discussed by all three parties, the UNP, SLFP and Tamil parties.
He also added that Ranil Wickremesinghe can be appointed as Prime Minister while Mahinda Rajapaksa can hold the post of Opposition Leader. Both can enter into an agreement to safeguard the country.
Wigneswaran also spoke of the current situation in the North and challenges faced by the Provincial Council headed by him.