13A will be used as a tool

The government says the 13th Amendment to the constitution will be used as a tool to respond to criticism being raised by the international community against Sri Lanka.

Speaking at an election rally in Kandy, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that the best option the Sri Lankan government has is to convey to the world that minority rights and the rights of all others are being secured using the 13th Amendment.

The Minister said that some people are of the view that the provincial councils system created through the 13th Amendment to the constitution is a “white elephant”.

He said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa has also accepted that the provincial councils must be strengthened to fight the pressure exerted by the international community.

The Minister recalled that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, who had concluded a visit to Sri Lanka, had made some adverse comments on the government at the press briefing on Saturday.

He said this showed that there is still an attempt to discredit the country and Pillay had confirmed this by saying there will be a need for an international investigation on Sri Lanka if the domestic process does not look at war crimes. (Colombo Gazette)

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