UNP will not keep pulling Vitharana’s legs – Ravi

by Zacki Jabbar

The UNP said that unlike some in the government it would not keeping obstructing APRC Chairman and Science and Technology Minister Tissa Vitharana’s efforts to achieve a consensus on resolving the ethnic conflict.

Colombo District UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake said that the “UNP will not keep pulling Vitharana’s leg” even though it has exited the APRC in keeping with its decision to annul the MoU with the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.

Karunanayake, in an obvious reference to those in the government who after giving Vitharana a mandate to obtain a consensus on resolving the ethnic conflict are critical when a majority decision is reached, said that the UNP does not blow hot and cold with the future well being of the country and its people.

“We have no problem with what the APRC is trying to achieve. Our leader Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe has already assured Professor Vitharana of the UNP’s fullest support to find a lasting solution to all national issues.”

Karunanayake said that Vitharana has an uneviable task of achieving a consensus amidst various obstacles, but the UNP, which continues to remain in the APC even though it has pulled out of the APRC, will act responsibly in the national interest.

The shorted sighted actions of President Mahinda Rajapakse which resulted it the UNP being forced to cancel the MoU with the SLFP, will not preclude us from acting in the best interest of all Sri Lankans, he said.

Meanwhile, Vitharana said that he hopes to submit the APRC’s final report in about 50 days time.

“The UNP represented by Mr. K. N. Choksy made a useful contribution at the last sitting of the APRC and I am convinced that they will continue to support our endeavours to achieve a consensus on all outstanding issues.”

He, said that the APRC report once finalized would be placed before the APC for ratification. “Progress is possible despite the divergent views that have been expressed.”

A majority in the APC experts panel have recommended that maximum devolution be provided for the North and East. The two provinces they said should be merged for ten years at the end of which a referendum on the unit of devolution should be held.

Those dissenting have called for the drafting of a new Constitution. They have alleged that the majority view had been arrived at the behest of the pro LTTE lobby.

The SLFP’s General Secretary and Agriculture Development Minsister Maithripala Sirisena said that the SLFP will present a set of proposals to the APRC shortly.

“Any solution reached has to be within the concept of one Sri Lanka. We will not permit the division of the country”, he said. via … The Island

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