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Constitution aims to solve national problem, ensure foremost place to Buddhism, retain unitary concept: President

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President Maithripala Sirisena has stated that the draft constitution would provide solution national problem and to the problems of the people in the north and east while ensuring foremost place for Buddhism and retaining the unitary state concept.

He also dismissed the charge that the draft report for a new constitutional proposal envisages a concept of a Federal State. He made these observations addressing a religious ceremony held at the Gamunupura Buddhist Center in Ampara on September 29, to present the Scroll to the newly elected Mahanayaka of the Udarata Amarapura Samagri Sangha Sabhawa,Most Ven.Girabe Mangala Nayaka Thero.

President Sirisena went on that there is no clause in the new constitutional proposals to separate or divide the country. Still there is no draft proposal for a new constitution. The report which was presented to the Parliament contained merely the consideration of ideas and suggestions of all the parties, leaving room for the alterations, discussions as well as for negotiation.

“The Government is paying its prime attention to provide solutions for the problems faced by the people in the North and East, ensuring sustainable peace in the country, building reconciliation among all the communities in a way which will prevent the recurrence of war”, he added.

The Maha Sangha including Ven. Dodampahala Chandrasiri Mahanayaka Thera, Ven. Nuwara Eliya Chandrajothi Thero, Ven. Karagahaulpatha Sugathananda Thera, Minister Daya Gamage, former Minister P. Dayarathna, Governor of the Eastern Province, Rohitha Bogollagama, and several Ministers of the Eastern Province attended the event.

 

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