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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 74

Independence in Sri Lanka is a history of missed opportunity

Independence in Sri Lanka is a history of missed opportunity

Q Perera - Reporting from Colombo

[b]Colombo, 02 February, ([/b] Dew Gunasekera, Minister of Constitutional Affairs and National Integration, speaking at the International Seminar on “Towards a Durable settlement on the way forward,” at the Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2006, organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce held at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel for two days recently, remembered that they were completing 50 years by June this year since the language question emerged in this country and said that 58 years of Independence is a history of missed opportunities, in the context of nation-building.

He said that the country co-existed with conflicts, confrontations, violence, wars during this period and debated on Parity Status, reasonable use of Tamil, BC Pact, DC Pact, Indo-Sri Lanka Accord, Devolution Package, Draft Constitution of 2000 etc. He said that "federalism in Sri Lanka was an anathema to some, foreign to some others and allergic to many as some tend to identify it as separatism."

Gunasekera said that the Federal Party which initiated this concept of a federal state in the post-independent era was by its policy and political behaviour identified with the conservative and reactionary forces. He said “Today over half a century later the term federal and the concept of a federal state have begun to gain a degree of respectability in the current political discourse.

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