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UNP Meets GL About 17th Amendment

Jul 22, 2010 5:41:48 AM - thesundayleader.lk

A UNP delegation today (22) met with External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L Peiris to discuss about the implementation of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution.

UNP parliamentarian Joseph Michael Perera told The Sunday Leader that the discussion was focused on the implementation of the 17th Amendment and on reaching a consensus on the matter.

He said the Minister had expressed several views on the matter and the UNP delegation had requested for them to be handed over in writing. “We need to have it officially so we can also look into them,” he said.

The UNP according to Perera had asked Peiris to request the government to implement the proposals of the committee headed by Minister DEW Gunasekera on the implementation of the 17th Amendment.

“In the final report, we have agreed to everything except for one clause, which can be worked out. So we asked the government to look at implementing the committee proposals,” he said.

Perera observed that Peiris had agreed to discuss the UNP’s proposals with the President.

The UNP delegation included Acting Leader Karu Jayasruiya, Joseph Michael Perera, Wijedasa Rajapakse, SLFP (M) Wing Leader Mangala Samaraweera and SLMC Leader Rauf Hakeem.