President Mahinda Rajapaksa today said that he would accept any political solution to the ethnic issue presented by parliament.
Rajapaksa addressing a meeting of media heads at Temple Trees this morning dismissed claims that the proposal to appoint a parliamentary select committee (PSC) to decide on a political solution to the ethnic issue was yet another time buying exercise that would delay the final solution.
The President explained that the PSC would function simultaneously to the government’s discussions with the major Tamil political party, the TNA. He said that it would therefore save time as otherwise, the decision arrived at the discussion with the TNA would have to be taken to parliament separately for discussion.
“The final solution has to be approved by parliament. So it is the best place to initiate a political solution,” Rajapaksa said.
According to the President, the parliament needs to be empowered, as it is the responsibility of the House to propose a final solution.
Then PSC would also give the opportunity to all political parties to express their views and proposals on a final solution, Rajapaksa said.