TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran has refused to accept president Ranil Wickremesinghe’s solution with regard to the 13th amendment to the constitution.

Sumanthiran spoke to the media after attending the all-party conference called by the president yesterday (26).

State minister Suren Ragavan said conflicting opinions arose even among Tamil parties during the meeting.

Ragavan stressed the need for unity to rise up in brotherhood, since both the north and the south have economic issues.

Another meeting is due next week, he said, adding that he hoped for a clearer and consensual conclusion there.

At yesterday’s APC, president Ranil Wickremesinghe stressed the significance of discussing the 13th amendment with all parties, as it is a matter that affects the entire country.

He highlighted that a decision on this matter should involve inputs from all relevant parties.

The conference was organized to update party leaders on the national reconciliation programme and the North-East development plan, said the president’s media division.

Speaking to the media after the event, SJB’s general secretary Ranjith Madduma Bandara accused the government of misleading the public and putting off the provincial council election.

SLPP’s general secretary Sagara Kariyawasam said the president should be cautious, considering the past experiences when tackling the issue of the 13A.

SLFP general secretary Dayasiri Jayasekara said not even the government has agreement with regard to the amendment.


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