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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

Judge Weeramantry defines the parameters of devolving power

[b]Judge Weeramantry defines the parameters of devolving power in Sri Lanka

In his latest book, "A Call for National Reawakening", launched yesterday (November 2, 2005) Judge C. G. Weeramantry, former Vice-President of the International Court of Justice, has defined the indispensable criteria needed to "ensure a single, sovereign State Lankan state." He argues that if power is to be "shared within the context of a unitary sovereign state, it is fundamental to such a division that the centre remains sovereign over all aspects that are integral to the sovereignty of the nation. Among these indispensable attributes are:

1.Complete autonomy in foreign relations 2. Complete authority in regard to territorial waters and shipping; 3.Complete authority over international frontiers 4. Complete authority over foreign policy 5.Complete authority over all matters of national security 6. Complete control over the Armed Forces 7. Complete authority over international treaties.8. Complete authority over all customs and import revenues 9. Complete autonomy over immigration;10. Responsibility for compliance with international standards, principles and procedures; 11. Cooperation with international institutions in the Suppression of illicit weapons, drugs and terrorism and other abuse; 12. Apex of the judicial structure is the central judiciary;13. Complete international transparency in our human rights procedures, institutions and practices; 14. Exchange and currency autonomy; 15. Complete sovereignty over the airspace over its entire territory.

Pin-pointing that the problems of separation and violence have threatened to tear apart Sri Lanka's social and political fabric Judge Weeramantry states that a new four-fold response is required:

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