No justification for the enactment of the proposed 19th amendment — Sampanthan

Or dilution of the 13th Amendment



By Franklin R.Satyapalan


The Leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), parliamentarian R. Sampanthan yesterday said that his party appreciates the position taken by the progressive forces within the majority Sinhala community to oppose the proposed 19th Amendment or any changes to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.


"We greatly appreciate the position taken by the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), which genuinely represents the interests of the Tamil speaking Muslim people of the Northern and Eastern Provinces", he noted.


"In our view there is no justification whatsoever for the enactment of the proposed 19th amendment or any amendment whatsoever to the 13th Amendment", the TNA leader told The Sunday Island.


These demands are only being made by extremist elements within the majority community who are attempting to deceive the ordinary majority Sinhalese people by giving expression to unfounded and illogical fears, Sampanthan said.Any changes to the 13th Amendment would be gravely harmful to the interests of Sri Lanka and its people. All political parties and members of parliament should act with a sense of responsibility in taking a decision on this vital question, he said.


"We call upon all the progressive forces within the majority Sinhala community and all leaders of minority political parties in alliance with the government to take the correct decision to oppose the proposed 19th Amendment or any dilution of the 13th Amendment", he noted.


"This is the sacred duty they could perform in the interests of all the people in the country and to ensure peace, goodwill and harmony amongst all the peoples. We should all endeavour to bring an acceptable political solution through dialogue", he suggested.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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