APRC proposals need of the hour - Rajitha
The All Party Representatives Committee (APRC) proposals which are to
be unveiled tomorrow had got the backing of all parties which had
attended the deliberations, Construction Minister Rajitha Senaratne said
"Enforcing the package will not run into difficulties as some parties
suggest. It is the duty of all who value democracy to ensure that it
goes through," Minister Senaratne told a UNP-D group news conference.
The APRC will be handed over to President Mahinda Rajapaksa by APRC
Chairman Prof. Tissa Vitarana tomorrow.
Senaratne said the political proposal was a must to convince the
international community and the Tamil diaspora regarding the
Government's sincerity in achieving a political solution to the ethnic
conflict. He hinted that power devolution envisaged by the APRC would be
similar to the Indian model.
Making a scathing attack on the contribution of the UNP leadership
towards realising the APRC's goal, Senaratne said the UNP should
contribute constructively without indulging in petty politics in
consideration of the greater good of the Nation.
The Minister voiced confidence that 2008 would be the year which
would end terrorism and usher an era of peace with the political package
coming into force.
He asserted that they were fully behind Government moves to restore
peace in the country in the form of defeating terrorism and introducing
a political solution to the ethnic conflict through the APRC proposals.
Minister Rajitha Senaratne told the media that it was imperative for
the Government to come up with a political package in the backdrop of
the CFA abrogation. He said UNP(D) leader Karu Jayasuriya had taken
steps to apprise the party's position both in Parliament and Cabinet.
Commenting on the now defunct CFA, the Minister said it failed
miserably to achieve its intended purpose and had become just a paper in
the face of repeated LTTE violations.
The LTTE used the CFA to strengthen its military capability when the
pact was in force, Senaratne noted while pointing out to a confession
made by a Black Tiger cadre recently, saying that the LTTE had brought
in unprecedented shiploads of weapons during the period.