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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2735

Consensus on Devolution?

By Manjari Peiris in Colombo

Colombo, 18 December, (Asiantribune.com): The APRC consists of 13 political parties in its talks and all of them have agreed on devolution of power. Based on that agreement not only the ethnic problem, but also administrative matters would be able to solve ensuring future progress of the country. APRC Chairman, Professor Tissa Vitarana said.

"In future we hope to invite UNP and other parties who are not directly involved with APRC." The UNP refrained from taking part at the APRC sessions from February last year. The JVP opted out of the committee in the latter part of 2006.

"All 13 parties in the APRC including the two opposition parties had agreed on 90% of the substance and other parties too should submit their proposals. What we have done so far was preparation of a series of proposals to defeat division of the country and come up with a solution which is acceptable to all communities and unite the nation. Parties including SLFP, DUNP, Communist party, LSSP, all Muslim parties, TMVP, EPDP, CWC and WPF have participated in these discussions.

The APRC has now come to a common consensus and have agreed on what level of powers should be exercised at the central government level and the powers that should be exercised at the provincial council levels.

The APRC is to meet this week for further discussion on the issue Also there are some more issues to be discussed pertaining to the matter. Before finalizing its recommendations the APRC will discuss certain details with the UNP.

- Asian Tribune -

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