MEP on APRC
The Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) has stood by the policy and
commitment to protect the unitary State of Sri Lanka to defeat terrorism
and separatism and restore democracy to the people of the Northern and
Eastern Provinces, said a communique by the MEP to media.
It said: It was in accordance with this mandated pledge, the MEP
participated in APRC talks.
The 13th Amendment to the Constitution was passed amid heavy
opposition and acrimonious debate. It is pertinent to state at this
juncture that this Amendment was rushed through Parliament against the
backdrop of a questionable and ignominious Referendum of 1982 for the
exertion of the term of Parliament.
There are many aspects and features of the present Constitution which
have to be repealed or amended, while ensuring meaningful functioning of
democracy and the protection of unitary State of Sri Lanka.
The MEP is not insensitive to and is gravely concerned and recognises
the suffering of the people of the North and the East, under terrorism,
and the consequential or indirect adverse effects of terrorism on other
segments of our people, the communique said.
The recommendation of the APRC to hold elections in the de-merged
Eastern Province to establish the Eastern Provincial Council will
undoubtedly contribute to the election of people’s representatives and
participation in the democratic process representatives responsive to
socio-economic and cultural development.
Also we observe that the Advisory Council of the Northern Province
will be called upon to advice the Governor on similar tasks in the
North. We also call upon the people to be on the alert to the machinator
of conspiratorial forces aimed at subverting the Unitary State of Sri
The MEP acknowledges the need for a viable and pragmatic solution
responsive to the needs of the people of the country representing
different communities. “We salute the Armed Forces on their heroic
sacrifices and dedication to protect our Motherland,” it said.