EPDP still studying SLFP proposals
COLOMBO: The Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP) is still
studying the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) proposals submitted to the
All Party Representative Committee (APRC), an EPDP sources said.
Refuting reports that the EPDP was against the SLFP proposals, a EPDP
spokesman said it would be impossible to state the view of the EPDP at
The EPDP proposals has also been submitted to the All party
Representative Committee which has drawn its attention on preserving the
country's unity status.
The EPDP proposals consist of three stages which will ensure the
legitimate aspirations of the Tamil speaking people.
The first stage is to implement the 13th Amendment, which was the
outcome of the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord, to the constitution in full in the
North-East province. The North East Provincial Council can be activated
by giving political leadership to the existing administrative mechanism
in the region.
The second stage is to reinforce the 13th amendment by conferring
additional powers on the North and East Provincial Council to make it a
centre of greater authority. This can be achieved by amalgamating the
subjects in the concurrent list with the Provincial Council list, which
can be achieved within the constitutional arrangements. The third stage
would be with the consensus reached among all the political parties in
the APRC and with the LTTE, to arrive at a lasting final political
After implementing the above two stages, the whole country will move
towards the final solution. At this stage, the LTTE too will be forced
to accept a peaceful political solution "All the people in the country
have suffered for more than 25 years due to the conflict. The war has
resulted in thousands of deaths.
It has created thousands of widows, orphans, disabled and displaced.
As the political leaders, it is the duty to rise above the party
politics and to act with statesmanship," said the EPDP spokesman.