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* We can't vanquish the 13th amendment, says Sri Lanka government
Sunday, February 1, 2009, 16:52 GMT, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka government today said that it couldn't go for a power sharing solution for the country's ethnic issue vanquishing the 13th amendment of the constitution.

Speaking to the media this morning Media Minister Laxman Yapa Abeywardena said if it wants to grant a power sharing solution for the North and East over the 13th amendment the government needs the support of the main opposition United National Party and other political parties.

The Minister said that the government has openly invited all the parties to submit their proposals on a power sharing solution.

"Especially the main opposition United National Party should tell the country their view on a power sharing solution," Minister Abeywardena added.

Finally thanking the opposition for their open views on current military victories the Minister said the opposition has a major responsibility to look after the rights of Tamils and other minorities following the completion of ongoing battles in the North.

The 13th amendment to the Sri Lankan constitution recommended establishing provincial councils as the unit for power devolution according to the devolution provisions of the controversial Indo-Lanka Accord, signed in July 1987 by President J.R. Jayewardene and the Indian Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi.

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