Thursday, February 28, 2008

Video: President meets Opposition Leader

Feb 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party yesterday expressed its fullest support for the implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, at the conclusion of a crucial meeting between President Mahinda Rajapaksa and opposition leader Ranil Wickremasinghe, a government report said.

Reporting the positive outcome of the meeting, Sri Lankan media reported that the opposition leader had said that since the interim proposals presented by the All Party Representative Committee (APRC) had included the implementation of the 13th Amendment, and since it was the law of the land, his party would not oppose as it has no objection to the implementation of existing laws.

A media release issued yesterday by the President's Media Unit said the two leaders also discussed the 17th Amendment. One daily stated that "the opposition leader also called on the government to appoint the Constitutional Council immediately, and to activate the 17th Amendment to the Constitution to ensure good governance in the country. He also requested the All Party Representative Committee (APRC) to submit a further report on the progress of its deliberations to date."