Sinhala community need not be afraid of the merger of North and East
Leader of the Opposition and Tamil National Alliance Leader R. Sampanthan who met with visiting UK Minister of State for Asia and Pacific Mark Field called for a merger of North and East provinces citing ‘the two provinces largely represent Tamil majority’ adding that the constitution will provide for the protection preventing separation.
“The majority Sinhala community need not be afraid of the merger of these two provinces as there will be a Constitutional protection preventing any move towards separation.
The power-sharing arrangements will be worked out within a United, Undivided and Indivisible Sri Lanka, Sampanthan pointed out to the Minister.
The Opposition Leader further said “we are seeking an arrangement that will enable people to exercise powers related to their social, cultural, economic, and political matters based on the principle of sovereignty of the people as citizens of this country. But this power should not be taken back in anyway”.
The Opposition Leader who met the Minister at Westminster House in Colombo elaborated on the political situation in the country adding that the TNA has genuinely participated in the process of framing a new constitution.
The British Minister assured the TNA Leader of the constructive engagement of the UK government and wished the TNA leader all success for all his efforts in framing a new Constitution.
Britiah High Commissioner to Sri Lanka James Dauris and other High Commission officials were present at the meeting.