PSC will deal with 13A

President Mahinda Rajapaksa says the proposed Parliament Select Committee will deal with the changes that need to be made to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.

He also insisted that the Indo-Lanka accord of 1987 has not been violated by the government nor has India indicated anything to Sri Lanka to that effect.

The President also said that the scheduled visit of Indian National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon to Sri Lanka next month is to discuss regional security issues and not the 13th Amendment.

The President said this when he met local media heads in Colombo today.

The government had yesterday said that while necessary amendments to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution will be instituted in the future, elections for the 3 provincial councils including the elections for the Northern Provincial Council will be held in September under the present constitutional status.

Cabinet spokesman and the Minister of Mass Media and Information Keheliya Rambukwella had said that the 13th Amendment to the constitution and the Indo Lanka Agreement were imposed on the country without the consent of the people, the government information department reported.

However, he said the sovereignty of the people is supreme and therefore, the government has focused its attention on bringing in certain amendments to the 13th amendment as it suits the country in the present situation.

The Minister also explained that a country has the right to change agreements with foreign countries in conformity with the aspirations and mandate of the people of the country as the sovereignty of the people is supreme. (Colombo Gazette)

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