All party meeting to have a time frame

13President Maithripala Sirisena today said that the all party meeting, also known as the All Party Committee (APC) will have a fixed agenda and time frame.

The President was speaking at the second meeting of the APC held today at the Presidential Secretariat.

In accordance with the agreement of the meeting, he instructed the relevant officials to give Sinhala, English and Tamil translations of the proposals of each political party to the parties attending the meeting, fulfilling the request made by them at the first all party meeting.

The President also proposed the appointment of a committee to take ideas, based on the mechanisms of truth seeking, accountability, reparation and enforcing of laws.

According to the decisions taken at the first all party committee, 12 proposals have been presented by the political parties. The President stated that the government will give due consideration to the proposals,

Leader of the Sri Lanka Communist Party Dew Gunasekara pointed out the proposals agreed on at the APC should be presented to parliament.

Dinesh Gunawardena, leader of the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna said that it is important to personally study every proposal presented by each party.

He said the APC discussions should not be conducted with the purpose of implementing the resolution on Sri Lanka adopted in Geneva.

The leader of Sri Lanka Samasamaja Party Thissa Witharana said the APC should give an opportunity for every party to express their independent ideas.

The President responded saying the all party meeting is a free platform for everyone to express their views.

The leader of the Democratic Front Sarath Fonseka said the proposals of the new government should not be similar to the agenda of the former government.

Mono Ganeshan, leader of the Democratic People’s Front pointed out that the interest shown by the political parties on the Geneva proposals should be followed by a political solution for ethnic problem. He said nobody wants to create a separate country but everybody should acknowledge Sri Lanka as a multi-racial and multi-religious country. (Colombo Gazette)


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