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JVP: Govt. Needs To Clarify Constitutional Amendments First

Jul 16, 2010 11:31:59 PM - thesundayleader.lk

The JVP said that the government needed to clearly explain the proposed constitutional amendments and the clauses in the Constitution that would be amended if the party is to discuss the matter with the government.

Speaking to The Sunday Leader JVP politburo member Anura Kumara Dissanayake taking a firm stance on the government’s proposed constitutional amendments said, “We need to know what they (the amendments) are. The JVP is not ready to go for a discussion and walk out after having tea.”

He said the government, which during the Presidential and general elections, said it would introduce a new Constitution was now talking about amending the existing constitution. Therefore, he said the government needed to publicize the relevant clauses in the Constitution that they plan to amend and for what purpose.

“The government needs to clarify the amendments, then we can discuss about the matter. Without any clarity, we cannot just attend a discussion and sit around a table,” he said.

Dissanayake observed that the government also needed to initiate a dialogue with all political parties represented in parliament and intellectuals in order to formulate the amendments in a manner that would benefit the country.