‘Constitution allows state to hold referendum only for single
The present constitution allows the state to hold a referendum only
for a single reason. Referenda cannot be held for several reasons.
Implementing the LLRC report recommendations is not a single reason.
There are many recommendations in it, Leader of the House and Irrigation
and Water Resources Management Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said.
Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva
“Therefore, it is not legal and practical to hold a referendum to
take a decision on the implementation of LLRC report recommendations,”
Addressing a special press briefing at the External Affairs Ministry
auditorium yesterday, Minister de Silva said that various persons can
have different opinions on the LLRC report and the implementation of its
“The government will not treat it as the Dhammapada or the Bible. The
government will take the final decision on it only after considering the
best interest of the future of the people and the country. We are
against forcing us to do anything. We will give priority to the well -
being of the future of the country and its people, history, ethics,
morals and culture. We have a leadership. Our stand is crystal clear,”
the minister said.
According to Minister de Silva, international pressure or demands
from others, will not force the government to implement the LLRC report
“The government will implement it because it sincerely needs
reconciliation. The government is waiting for the TNA response in
connection with taking part in the proposed Parliamentary Select
Committee (PSC). We asked the UNHRC and the diaspora to tell the TNA to
take part in the PSC. The problem can be solved within six months if
they take part in it as mentioned in the resolution,” he said. “How can
anybody blame the government for other political parties not taking part
in the PSC?” the minister queried.
'The LLRC has gone beyond the mandate given to it by President
Mahinda Rajapaksa at certain points. The government has to consider what
parts of the recommendations can be implemented immediately and what
parts of the recommendations need further attention, in depth study etc
and how they make an impact on the country’s future.
'The government has done significant work in connection with
implementing the LLRC recommendations and the details were presented in
Geneva,” Minister de Silva said.