Proposed constitution will show entrenchment of democratic values


Insisting that as a sovereign state the final decision with regard to the 23 March Geneva resolution rests with Sri Lanka, Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera yesterday reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to move forward with the two-year extension.

“The Prime Minister has been consulting different experts. They have given us the contours of such a mechanism, and one of our priorities will be to get Cabinet approval for the TSC within the next few months,” he said.

In 2014, he recalled, only 12 countries stood by Sri Lanka when the international community decided to appoint an international investigation into Sri Lanka.

“This time there was no vote, no division, no accusation, no half words. Country after country took the floor to praise the Government and the people of our country and express their support for Sri Lanka,” he said.

Asked if President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe were on the same page about the proposed new Constitution, Minister Samaraweera opined that a referendum was a risk worth taking though it’s not as big a risk as some perceive it to be – particularly given that the ruling coalition came into power promising to “introduce a constitution that will celebrate the diversity of our country along with the entrenchment of democratic values.”

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