Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Govt. promises 13th A sans merged N&E

by Shamindra Ferdinando

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(TI)The government yesterday said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s recent pledge to implement the 13th Amendment to the Constitution wouldn’t mean a re-merger of the Eastern Province with the North as envisaged under the July 1987 Indo-Lanka Accord.

Responding to our queries at the weekly press briefing at the Information Department, Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said though the government was committed to the implementation of the 13th Amendment there would have to be two separate Provincial Councils. Full text