13th Amendment of the Constitution will be fully implemented, assures President


COLOMBO (Information 1st) –  Sri Lanka’s President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thai Pongal day (15) assured that the thirteenth Modification of the Structure will probably be totally applied.

President Wickremesinghe stated that the Social Justice Fee will probably be established as a way to construct a rustic the place everybody can dwell in concord, by fixing the issues of the individuals belonging to all sections of the inhabitants and that the federal government expects to totally implement the thirteenth Modification to the Structure.

As well as, the President said that as a way to construct a rustic the place all races coexist and obtain financial prosperity, everybody should return to the Sri Lankan id established by the late D.S Senanayake 75 years in the past.

The President said {that a} assertion on the federal government’s steps towards reconciliation will probably be made public in February and {that a} assembly of get together leaders will probably be convened subsequent week to debate the matter.

President Wickremesinghe additionally said that the Fact and Reconciliation Fee’s work will probably be accelerated as a way to present aid to the households of the disappeared.

The total speech of President Ranil Wickremesinghe is as follows:

To begin with, I want everybody a really Pleased Thai Pongal. Thai Pongal pageant specifically is a nationwide pageant. We had been an agricultural nation prior to now. After harvesting the annual harvest, we thanked the gods and carried out these rituals.

I want to specific my appreciation to the scholars of Ramanathan College of Aesthetics who made a splendid presentation at this occasion as we speak. I want to say that it’s a high-level drama. The Nadasalam band additionally carried out based on conventional information. I specific my because of all of them.

Each these groups can compete in worldwide competitions. As Sri Lankans, we must be pleased with that. This afternoon we determined to carry an artwork pageant in Jaffna as nicely, much like the Galle pageant. We’ve got created a brand new Tamil tradition’ and we should always present it to the world. The cultural points of this pageant ended with concord.

This nation wants reconciliation. In addition to 30 years of warfare and insurgency, our nation has been divided by divisive, racist, sectarian and bankrupt politics. As all of us should dwell in a single nation, we should return to the Sri Lankan id and construct the economic system that Late Mr. D. S. Senanayake created 75 years in the past

I noticed individuals pouring water, milk, rice, and jaggery into the pot stored on fireplace on the stage the place the Thai Pongal pageant is going down. Pongal is coming. So, on this tough time, let’s put Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, and Burghers collectively and take a Sri Lankan id.

We’re discussing the issues of the North and the Tamil individuals. I known as all of the get together leaders to the Parliament and stated allow us to work to unite this nation and restore concord. I additionally mentioned with the Tamil Celebration MPs in Parliament. Additionally, I hope to announce to the nation in February concerning the measures taken by the federal government to create Reconciliation within the nation. I’ve knowledgeable the Parliament to take that call and have known as a gathering of get together leaders subsequent week to debate it.

These points can’t be put apart and resolved by delaying them. The answer must be advised to the nation and the Parliament. That’s the reason Parliament’s views are first sought. We’ve got mentioned a lot of points. To supply consolation to the households of the disappeared, to search out the reality, to search out out what occurred. And we’re discussing appointing the Fact and Reconciliation Fee (TRC) to look into this.

Three weeks in the past, I requested our Military Commander’s concept concerning the institution of the TRC. He stated to repair it, after which we are able to reply the allegations. Nobody has any objection to this.

And as an alternative of the Prevention of Terrorism Act, we’re bringing a brand new legislation. Some say that this invoice is used towards the North. No, we use this to create stability within the nation. I may have deployed this to the south final yr. And we may carry new legal guidelines.

Subsequent is the land concern. In the present day we’re discussing the problems associated to the Wildlife Division. We’re additionally discussing the return of land in Jaffna. In the course of the warfare, the military stored about 30,000 acres beneath their management as a result of they needed to guard these areas.

In the present day solely 3,000 acres are left beneath the safety forces. The military has expressed its willingness handy over one other a part of it. We’re discussing it.

As our Bishop stated, we’re taking steps to construct these Catholic and Hindu church buildings. There are choices which were held for a whole lot of years, there are newly began ones, we should always proceed all of them.

We hope to totally implement the thirteenth Modification of the Structure. Not solely within the North but additionally within the South, the Chief Ministers are demanding that it’s applied. We’re persevering with these actions. Within the subsequent two years, we are going to proceed this work systematically. In the present day, poverty, starvation and deprivation are usually not restricted to the Sinhalese or the Tamils, all of us undergo. All of us have to beat these challenges collectively.

It isn’t solely the issues of the Tamil individuals within the North and East. There are different points to debate. After this assembly, I’ll name the MPs representing the Tamil individuals within the hills and the parliamentary get together leaders and begin the second spherical of these discussions. The Tamil individuals of the hills are totally built-in into our society and given the identical rights and privileges loved by the Sinhalese, Tamil, and Muslim individuals. The nation can’t marginalize this group that earns overseas change. They should be joined with others.

After that, Muslim MPs and get together leaders are anticipated to be invited for dialogue. Muslims have many issues. Due to this fact, these individuals must be introduced to debate these points and supply options. There are issues not just for Tamils and Muslims but additionally for Sinhalese. There are remoted villages. In some locations, casteism is a matter. Poor individuals are marginalized. The Christian individuals concern for his or her security. A social justice fee is predicted to be established to speak about them. I inform everybody that we should always discuss these and additional strengthen the Sri Lankan id.

Supply: PMD

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