No further revisions to SLFP proposals
COLOMBO: The much awaited SLFP counter proposals to the All Party
Representative Committee will be handed over to APRC Chairman shortly
without further revision, SLFP proposals committee Head Minister Prof.
Wisva Warnapala told the Daily News yesterday.
“There will be no modifications,” Prof. Warnapala responded when
asked by the Daily News if there will be any alterations to the party
The Minister was to meet Party General Secretary Maithreepala
Sirisena who currently holds the custody of the SLFP final document,
yesterday to decide upon a date to hand over the document to Prof. Tissa
Prof. Vitharana said they (the party representatives) were not
meeting each other but were awaiting for SLFP suggestions to resume
deliberations. The plan is to confine the deliberations on the
amendments for two months and seal a deal on a final document that would
be carried before future talks.
“We had been waiting for the SLFP proposals for the past two months,”
He added that they had to receive all the documents before any
deliberations could be re-started or else the process would have to be
repeated all over again.
Ten political parties including the UNP have already handed over
their amendments against the Tissa Vitharana proposals for a devolution
package that can be used as a basis for any future peace talks.
The UNP alternative group released their proposals on Tuesday. They
have also proposed the unit of devolution should be the Province
aligning with Vitharana Proposals but in contrast to the suggestion by
the SLFP that the unit should be the District.
The JHU and the CWC have withheld their proposals until the SLFP
submits its proposals. “They have prepared their documents but say they
want to look at the SLFP’s before handing them over.”
TULF, TELO and the TULF leader V. Anandasangaree, who opted not to
submit a formal proposal, have conveyed they were very much in agreement
with the Tissa Vitharana proposals and it could be used as a sound basis
for future talks.
Prof. Vitharana said the parties should try to reach a consensus at
the APRC level, without trying to perfect it outside and thus delaying
the whole process.