Wednesday, January 23, 2008

All Party proposals handed to President

The report of the All Party Representative Committee (APRC) on measures to be taken to fully implement the provisions of the present constitution, towards seeking a political solution to the ethnic question, was handed over to President Mahinda Rajapaksa this evening (Jan 23) at the Presidential Secretariat.

The main proposals in the report are the following.

1. Enforce as far as possible the 13th amendment introduced under the Indo-Lanka Accord.

2. Effectively enforce the existing official language policy.

3. Hold elections in the Eastern Province.

4. Set up an interim administrative body for the Northern Province since holding elections there at this stage is not practical.

* Police powers of the North and East Provinces will remains under the President like as other Provincial Councils.

The signatories to the proposals were the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, United National Party (D), Jathika Hela Urumaya, Ceylon Workers Congress, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, All Ceylon Muslim Congress, Mahajana Eksath Peramuna, National Unity Alliance, Up-Country People’s Front, Communist Party of Sri Lanka, Eelam People’s Democratic Party, National Congress, Western People’s Front and the Lanka Sama Samaja Party.