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Chinese Govt., UNP on same wavelength regarding power devolution: Ranil

Chinese Communist party leaders emphasized that power devolution was the only way out of the national question prevalent in Sri Lanka, Opposition Leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe, said at a briefing to the party’s parliamentary group on his Chinese tour yesterday.

By Kelum Bandara

He said China remains an undivided country despite being geographically large, due to devolution of power to the provinces. “Countries such as the United States, Japan, European Union and India have pointed out the need for a political solution to the conflict in the country. Today, China is highlighting it. The UNP’s policy is also in line with the policy adopted by the Chinese Communist party in this regard,” he told the meeting.

The UNP leader said they should opt for a solution based on the Sri Lankan identity after giving due consideration to the genuine aspirations of the Tamil people. “There should be a deep and comprehensive analysis of the aspirations of Sinhala, Muslim and Burgher people in pursuit of a negotiated political settlement acceptable to all. For this purpose, the UNP has put forward a programme. Sri Lanka can opt for an alternative with the assistance of the international community if the LTTE does not respond to it positively,” he said. He told the meeting that the entire world had rejected the approach made by the present government without any vision and plan.

Meanwhile, some MPs raised concern about certain reformists participating in TV programmes representing the UNP. In reply, Wickremesinghe said they should write to the state media organizations requesting the latter not to accept reformists as UNP representatives anymore. The UNP leader also commented on government activities, with emphasis being given to the fact that 75 percent of the country’s budget being controlled by the Rajapaksa brothers. “In Parliament, we have to debate only 25 percent of state affairs because of 75 percent of them are controlled by the Rajapaksa brothers. Three of them do no represent the House. So, we cannot debate their activities,” he said in a lighter vein. –Wijeya Newspapers

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May 22, 2007 - Posted by | International News

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