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Drafting of new Constitution in transparent manner - PM

The National  Thai Pongal ceremony was held at Veerasingham Hall in Jaffna under the  patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.  Picture shows former  President Chandrika Bandaranaike  Kumaratunga in conversation with Prime Minister.   The Prime Minister’s wife  Maithree Wickremesinghe, Ministers D.M. Swaminathan,  Wijayakala Maheshwaran and Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.  Vigneshwaran were also present. Picture by Sudath Malaweera

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the drafting of a new Constitution would be done in a very open and transparent manner after discussing and incorporating the views of all 225 MPs. The Prime Minister said he would not bring in Constitutional amendments in the manner the 18th Amendment was made by the junta of the likes of Prof. G.L. Peiris.

He was addressing the Thai Pongal Ceremony held at Weerasinghham Hall in Jaffna yesterday.

"I presented the proposal of the President to form a Constitutional Assembly that includes all 225 MPs. It was done in an open manner and we can take the views of Provincial Councilors and the general public too. "There is no draft Constitutional Bill. We are not ready to make Constitutional changes in a manner adopted by this junta as was in the case with the 18th Amendment.

We request them not to hamper the process of the drafting of a new Constitution. Many have understood the value of transparency after their defeat. Now they are talking again on Constitutions," the Prime Minister said. The Prime Minister further observed that the law to detain the terrorist was outdated, adding that new laws must be brought on par with the UN legal amendments to confront international terrorist threats.

He observed that only Sri Lankans must be recruited to the Sri Lanka Police and Army. He said as of the Geneva Resolution, investigations would be carried out against the LTTEers, Army personnel and those in Civil Organizations who had committed wrong doings. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said that the country needs the Security Forces that represent all communities in the country. "As a first step, I have directed the Defence State Minister to start recruiting students from the Northern Province to National Cadet Corps training programme," he said.

He said that the government was in the process of creating a mechanism for the implementation of General proposals with Japanese and South African expertise to promote reconcilaltion. A Compassionate Council comprising religious leaders will also be established," he said. 

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