UNP wants 13A to remain

The main opposition United National Party (UNP) says it wants the 13th Amendment to the Constitution to be implemented in its current form.

UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayaka said that the 13th Amendment came about as a result of the agreement reached between India and Sri Lanka and not the UNP and former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

“If someone says that this is an agreement reached between J.R Jayawardena and  Rajiv Gandhi or in other words the UNP and Rajiv Gandhi, that is wrong. This is an agreement reached between the Sri Lankan government and the Indian government,” he said.

Attanayaka said that the 13th Amendment is not aimed at dividing the country but instead one that was approved by the Supreme Court as part of Sri Lanka’s constitution.

He also said that with divisions emerging in the government over moves to repeal the 13th Amendment the government seems to have taken three steps back on going ahead with such moves. (Colombo Gazette)

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