New Constitution must be acceptable to all – MP Kiriella

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The Government has to formulate a Constitution that could be accepted by all communities with their participation, Kandy district Opposition Parliamentarian Lakshman Kiriella told Parliament yesterday.

He made this observation joining the Committee Stage Debate on the financial heads of Foreign Affairs Ministry, Regional Cooperation Ministry and the Mass Media Ministry under the budget Proposal for the financial year 2021 presented by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on November 17.

He said that the minority groups have said that if a Constitution that would protect their rights is drafted, they were ready to forget the past. He added that power should be devolved.

He added that neither Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike nor President Mahinda Rajapaksa could bring the minority groups to the discussion table and the drafting of the Constitution whereas the UNP could do so during the previous regime. He pointed out that the country is in a tragic situation by now with the election of the new US president.

He added that the same situation was created by inking an agreement between then President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the former UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in 2010. He noted that the co sponsored resolution by the UNHRC and Sri Lanka government could not be unilaterally cancelled.

Daily News (via HT Media Ltd.)

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