Ruling collation parties, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) and the National Freedom Front (NFF), have rallied together in their call against the 13th amendment, making a joint statement calling for its abolition.
At a joint press conference held in Colombo, NFF leader and government Minister Wimal Weerawamsa reportedly said,
"The 13th amendment to the constitution, which introduced the Provincial Councils to the country is not a suitable system for Sri Lanka. It was a system forced on us by coercion and PCs were set up in an undemocratic manner".
"The 13th amendment to the constitution and the establishment of the Provincial Council system were done under pressure from India following the Indo-Sri Lanka Agreement to establish peace and normality in Sri Lanka. But that purpose has not been fulfilled".
The Minister had previously called the amendment a “time bomb” and has continuosly campaigned against its implementation.
He was joined by JHU Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, who added,
"The international community cannot take decisions on behalf of the people of this country. The Tamil National Alliance is refusing to participate in the Parliamentary Select Committee proposed by the government to devolve power. They are taking the problem before the international community without holding discussions with the country's leaders".
The Sri Lankan army warned deserters that they face arrest from tomorrow as a general amnesty period ends.
Sri Lankan army spokesperson Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera told Hiru News that from Monday onwards any discovered deserters will be arrested.
He went on to add that 23,
The president of the United States would not be able to fulfil the large number of pledges that Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena has done, claimed a Sri Lanka government minister on Friday.
The Sri Lankan navy has expanded its ship maintenance facilities by building a new side slip way in Galle, reports the Ministry of Defence.
The newly constructed slip way has resulted in upgraded facilities at Galle,