Sri Lanka Committed to Province-Based Devolution

The Sri Lankan government is committed to fully implementing the 13th amendment to the constitution mooted in 1987 as a solution to the island’s ethnic conflict, a senior government spokesman said Thursday.

“The government is committed to the 13th amendment and the provincial councils,” the cabinet spokesman and Minister of Media and Information Anura Yapa told reporters. Yapa said some debates have begun with regard to conferring the councils with police and land powers.

“These issues can be sorted out through discussion,” Yapa stressed.

Fully implementing the provisions of the 13th amendment is currently being seen as the engine to offer some form of political power to the island’s Tamil minority.

Since the government’s comprehensive military success over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil last month the government has come up with calls to settle for power sharing with the Tamil minority.

Reports Xinhua.

Advertisements

One response to “Sri Lanka Committed to Province-Based Devolution

  1. Police and land power to provincial councils? hmm… a letter to the editor in this weeks times claimed this would be disaster..but then agian he seemed to equate ‘provincial council’with ‘chief minister’.

    there needs to be more concern directed at the autonomy of the justice system too imo

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s