CBK’s proposal of constitutional reform in 2000 sabotaged by Prof. G.L. Peiris – Rajitha

Published: 08:26 GMT, Jan 12, 2017 |

Co- Cabinet spokesman, Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, responding to former President Chandrika’s Kumaratinga’s claim today that the UNP did not support her constitutional reform programme in 2000,  said the UNP rejected it as atrocious proposal was inserting a clause surreptitiously by the then Constitutional Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris.

The UNP rejected it because the draft constitution in 2000 had proposed to create a ‘Union of Regions’ which is extreme power devolution going even beyond the federal system.

Addressing the weekly cabinet news briefing on Wednesday (Jan 11), Minister Senaratne said a proposal was by Prof. G.L. Peiris to extend the term of office President Kumaratunga by another two years.

“The UNP or the SLFP have not agreed ever for a federal system of governance and change their stance on the unitary character of the state. But both parties led by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe are agreeable for power devolution as a final solution to the north-east issue based on these principles. Both parties have never disagreed not to devolve power to provinces while honouring of the guiding principles of the 1970 and 1978 Constitutions,” Minister Senaratne said.