Minister Kiriella says SLFP, JVP amendments accommodated in OMPB


By Maheesha Mudugamuwa 

Higher Education and Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella maintains that the Office of Missing Persons Bill (OMPB) was passed with amendments proposed by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP).

He made the statement at a ceremony to rehabilitate a few roads under the Priority Road Development Project at the Bingiriya Electoral Division in the Kurunegala District on Sunday (14). 

"The Office of the Missing Persons Bill is a new concept. People have gone missing in 1971, 1988-89 and during the war. We witnessed this problem during all three times. We could have held a debate on that in Parliament, but the Joint Opposition sabotaged that chance. Amendments received from the SLFP and the JVP as well are included in this Bill.

"The Joint Opposition sabotaged the debate the day the Bill was presented and then talked about it the following day. It was indeed an unfortunate situation."

"The Joint Opposition cannot come back to power just one year after the general election was held." 

 "Our government is working on a new Constitution. Our detractors say it will divide the country. I can guarantee that there is no such thing. We have not yet even drafted the Constitution. It is still at a discussion level. Therefore, we should all bac the new Constitution to be drafted and solve these problems once and for all.

"We should understand we have made mistakes the past and take necessary steps to prevent their repetition."

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