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* Northern Province CM needs Sri Lankan President to be clear on his cooperation with the PC
Wed, Dec 4, 2013, 10:25 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 04, Colombo: Chief Minister of Sri Lanka's Northern Province C.V. Vigneswaran says that there is a lack of clarity on how the President would cooperate in the work of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC).

The Chief Minister told the media that there were doubts over the President's ability to work with the administrator of the Northern Province and the Jaffna Security Commander.

While commending President's desire to act in cooperation with the NPC, Vigneswaran said there was an issue on how it will happen in a practical sense.

The local media quoted Wigneswaran as questioning whether it is the Mahinda Chintana or the Mahinda Hathurusinghe Chintana that is being implemented in the Northern Province.

"The President has been saying all along that he will be acting in cooperation with the Northern Provincial Council. Hence we have no issues with the President. The issue is, when is this going to happen, in a practical sense," the Chief Minister has been quoted as saying.

"I don't understand whether the President thinks there are shortcomings or if the officers carrying out the orders have shortcomings. This will be clear if a thorough probe is conducted to discover whether what is being implemented in the North is the Mahinda Chintana or the Mahinda Hathurusinghe Chintana," Wigneswaran told the media referring to the military administration of Jaffna Security Forces Commander Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe.

Meanwhile, the President last month in writing asked the Northern Province CM to implement Mahinda Chintana policies in the Province after the CM failed to attend two district coordinating meetings in the North chaired by government minister, EPDP Leader Douglas Devananda.

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