The 13th Amendment to the Constitution is not the final solution to the Tamil problem, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) General Secretary, MP Mavai Senathirajah said responding to the government rejecting devolving police powers to the Provinces. “The Government of Sri Lanka has assured the Indian Government several times that it will implement the 13th Amendment in full and make devolution meaningful.
“The 13th Amendment came up after the Indo-Lanka Accord and its implementation should be decided by them,” he said.
“We have handed over a proposal setting out the framework to the government on 18 March 2011 and the 13th Amendment does not fully reflect our stance,” he said. He said, “Ask India what to do about the government’s rejection.”
The MP continued saying that they have also explained to India that the 13th Amendment is not the final solution to the national issue and “It was then that they stressed that we should work on the 13th Amendment and go beyond.”
He added, “Former President, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, had a proposal in 1995. There was an Expert Committee and an All Party Representative Committee and all of them were appointed because the 13th Amendment was not the final solution to the burning Tamil problem.
“Our March 2011 proposal explains our position but the government has not responded to it. The government walked away from negotiations,” he added.
The government on Wednesday (4) informed Parliament that the President had informed Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, that devolving police powers to Provincial Councils under the 13th Amendment to the Constitution cannot be implemented.