The government says the final decision on any changes to be made to the 13th Amendment to the constitution will be in the hands of the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) despite some opposition to it.
External Affairs Minister Professor G.L Peiris said that India’s views on the 13th Amendment is not being disregarded but yet Parliament will be the final decision maker.
“It does not mean India is not important to us. India is our neighbor. The President has often said that India is our relation. But in the end Sri Lanka’s parliament will decide what is best for us,” he said.
The External Affairs Minister said this after briefing the Chief Prelates of the Asgiri and Malwathu chapters in Kandy today on the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting as well as the 13th Amendment to the constitution.
“The Commonwealth summit is a good opportunity for those who speak against the government to come and see for themselves what we have done,” he said.
He also said that the current constitution is outdated and needs to be changed and it was for that reason that the PSC was appointed and it will meet for the first time next week.
The Minister said that external pressure on the PSC process will not have any impact and the process will go ahead as scheduled.
He said that the government hopes the opposition takes part in the PSC process but if they refuse to do so the process will still go ahead. (Colombo Gazette)