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Sri Lanka: APRC off to India to study its devolution process

Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 15 October, ( The All Party Representatives Committee (APRC) will leave for India later this month to study the devolution process in India.

According to the Committee's Chairman Prof. Tissa Vitarana, all representatives of the political parties will be going as a team to India during the final week of October to gain knowledge on the Indian system, its devolution process and the Panchayat Raj.

An invitation to the committee was extended by Mani Shankar Aiyer, Indian Minister in charge of the Panchayat Affairs, on his recent visit to Sri Lanka.

"By studying the devolution process and mechanisms in India we hope to work out a solution to our country's problem which can then hopefully be the basis for a solution to the national question," Prof. Vitarana said.

The APRC Chairman also said that his committee will not be rushed into coming up with a solution to meet deadlines.

"The question is being asked whether we can come out with a solution in time for the talks that are scheduled to start on the 28th of this month between the LTTE and the Government. General consensus among us is that we have to go through this process of understanding and working out a solution ourselves. This will take a little time and we are not going to be hurried to meet deadlines.

We will as quickly as possible try to reach a consensus and come out with a common position which can be the basis for the talks with the LTTE and the working out of a solution. This is how we are approaching this matter and it is our fervent hope that we will be able to make a meaningful contribution to the success of the talks between the Government and the LTTE to work out a lasting solution to this problem," he added.

- Asian Tribune -

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