June 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's parliament on Thursday gave approval to extend the time limit granted to the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) appointed to formulate a political solution to the country's ethnic issue.
The Chairman of the PSC and the Leader of the House, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva told parliament that the term of the PSC will be extended by another six months.
Accordingly, the term of the PSC, which was earlier set to conclude on 22 June, has been extended to 21 December 2014.
The parliament in November 2011 approved the setting up of the PSC to recommend and report on political and constitutional measures to empower the people of Sri Lanka to live as one nation and Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa appointed the PSC on 23rd November 2013.
The PSC is expected to comprise 19 governing party members and 12 opposition members.
Although, the opposition parties including the main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA), and main opposition United National Party (UNP) are yet to make their representations to the committee, the government nominees continue to participate in committee sessions and the committee is currently receiving public views regarding a solution to the national problem.
Minister de Silva recently asked the TNA to submit written proposals to settle the national problem if they are not willing to attend the committee sessions.