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We are close to finding a political solution: Premier Ranil’s assurance in Jaffna

Ranil Wickremesinghe

United National Party Leader Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has given an assurance that the legislators are close to a political solution and it would be resolved within the next two years.

He was delivering the keynote address during a ceremony held to mark the 125th anniversary of Skandawarodaya College in Chunnakam in the Jaffna District recently. Several Parliamentarians of the North including State Minister Vijayakala Maheshwaran, Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchi Leader Parliamentarian Mavai Senathyarsa, PLOTE Leader Dharmalingam Sitharthan, Parliamentarian E.Saravanapavan and others were present.

In his address, Ranil Wickremesinghe said:

“I am happy to state we are close to a political solution. We will provide a solution in the next two years. Through this we can achieve an environment where we can live proudly as Sri Lankans. No matter what ethnicity we belong to, we are all Sri Lankans. All of us must think as Sri Lankans.

The Government had been unable to resolve key political issues of the Tamil community over the last four years due to the lack of a clear Parliament majority but I assure they will be resolved in the next two years. Government had not managed to reach a power devolution mechanism, which had been extensively discussed for many years. We commenced in 2015 a process to introduce a new Constitution. I assure that the issues of the Tamil community will be addressed in the next two years.

I continue to be dedicated to a power devolution mechanism based on the 13th Amendment. I also draw inspiration from the newly-crowned World Cup winning England cricket team. They would not have reached such an achievement had it not been for the involvement of players either from or with diverse origins such as Indian, Pakistani and West Indies. A number of players were immigrants. Captain was an immigrant. Bowler was an immigrant. They had come to England some years ago. They have been integrated. They are English now. The England cricket team had players from different nationalities and of different religions. This is how they were able to win the World Cup.

Sri Lanka should also consider this example and adopt it to move forward. I am proud to be a Sinhalese. I am proud to be a Buddhist. I am proud that there are Tamils in this island. I am proud that there are Muslims. In this country we have lived with diversity for over a thousand years. But we have failed to integrate. In 2015, we realized this need for integration and have been working on it. Nevertheless, the process has been slow. It is now time to work under a Sri Lankan identity to develop the country.
I have always stood for political solution. I stand for political solution. My party and I are for a political solution based on devolution of power. We are looking at a political solution based on devolving power at local government and political level.”

 

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