Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa had issued joint statements with India three times pledging that he would implement the 13th Amendment to Constitution, TNA Spokesman M.A. Sumanthiran reminisced. He made this disclosure speaking to a public rally held in Kilinochchi yesterday (06).
The TNA spokesman added that the Ruling Party’s adaptation of the new contitutional amendment would open doors to many challenges before the country in future. Sri Lanka may be at the verge of dictatorship, as the 19th Amendment to Constitution strenghtening democracy has been scrapped, he said.
“There is a tendency to draw back solutions for the Tamil people in the struggle of national crisis. The provincial council system came into being after the signing of the Indo-Sri Lanka compact. Our position is that it did not provide an adequate solution. So has the government of Sri Lanka acknowledged it on many occasions. Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa in particular pledged three times through joint statements with India that the 13th Amendment to Constitution would fully be implemented,” he added.
“Reaching beyond the point, they spoke of providing a meaningful devolution of power. This was once mentioned in a statement signed by Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Joint statements were issued twice as the then Minister of External Affairs of Sri Lanka, Prof. G.L. Peiris had met former Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna.”
Unravelling the forgotten history, Sumanthiran reiterated that this was a pledge made before India, a powerful state in the region, and not just the Tamil community of Sri Lanka.