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Tamil political parties propose three conditions for power devolution

An agreement has been reached between President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Tamil political parties of the North and East to propose three conditions on the move of power devolution. The agreement has been reached yesterday (25) evening in Colombo, said Spokesman of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) M.A. Sumanthiran.

“The President spoke of power devolution and the new Constitution. Therefore, we talked with the Tamil political parties representing the North and East provinces today. We are hoping to hold discussions with other parties later. Today, we have identified three factors affecting power devolution,” Sumanthiran said.

He went on: “First, the process of acquiring lands must be stopped immediately. Those acquired in that manner must be released immediately.

Second, all laws pertaining to power devolution in the Constitution must be enacted. The provincial council election must be held.

Third, the power devolution must be carried out via the adaptation of a new Constitution in a manner by which the power is devolved in the North and the East, where Tamil people have been living since the beginning of time. That system must be in effect to other parts of the country as well.”


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