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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2613

Proposals to devolve power handed to President Mahinda Rajapakse

Colombo, 24 January, (Asiantribune.com): The joint proposals of 14 political parties to devolve power as a political solution to the current crisis in Sri Lanka was handed over to President Mahinda Rajapakse yeterday (January 23,) at the Presidential Secretariat. Mahinda Rajapakse: "The proposals submitted were auspicious and an important initial step towards solving the larger national question."Mahinda Rajapakse: "The proposals submitted were auspicious and an important initial step towards solving the larger national question."

The signatories to the proposals are the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, United National Party (D), Jathika Hela Urumaya, Ceylon Workers Congress, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, All Ceylon Muslim Congress, Mahajana Eksath Peramuna, National Unity Alliance, Up-Country People’s Front, Communist Party of Sri Lanka, Eelam People’s Democratic Party, National Congress, Western People’s Front and the Lanka Sama Samaja Party.

This group constituted the All Party Representative Committee (APRC) which drafted the porposals. Its Chairman Prof Tissa Vitharana handed over the draft proposals of the APRC to President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

President Rajapaksa said that the proposals submitted were auspicious and an important initial step towards solving the larger national question. He said that the Government and all political parties that supported it undertook the responsibility to fully implementing the proposals. Prof. Tissa Vitarana Chairman of the APRC handing over the APRC Proposal to the President Mahinda Rajapakse at Presidential Secretariat, Colombo on 23rd evening. (Pix:  Sudath Silva) Prof. Tissa Vitarana Chairman of the APRC handing over the APRC Proposal to the President Mahinda Rajapakse at Presidential Secretariat, Colombo on 23rd evening. (Pix: Sudath Silva)

After receiving the report President Rajapaksa said there was responsibility placed on all to ensure the rights of all people of Sri Lanka to enjoy freedom without fear, irrespective of race, religious political or any other differences.

He appealed to all political parties to shed narrow political differences and come together with due consideration for the innocent people of the country, to provide a suitable political solution to the political issue.

The President thanked all members of the APRC, who had been with it since its inception, including those of parties that had since parted from it, and urged that they eschew private political agendas in seeking solutions to the problems faced by the people.APC members who were present yesterday.APC members who were present yesterday.

"Today," he added, "we have an environment to implement these political proposals in the country though it was difficult due to interference by the LTTE in the North.”

He said that all political parties share the responsibility in the process of ensuring democratic rights and the people’s right to live without any fear regardless of their ethnicity.

"We should find a political solution for the political problem of the country. There is no military solution to porism is a different one. We are bound to fulfil all aspirations of the people,” the President added.

- Asian Tribune -

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