Draft report of new constitution does not project a concept of
Federal State - President emphasized
[October 01 2017]
President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized that the
draft report for a new constitutional proposals in any way does not
project a concept of a Federal State.
The President also emphasized that he will not allow
anyone to draft a constitution which will harm the unitary status of the
country, and further said that he will not leave any room to change the
given foremost place for Buddhism in the existing constitution.
He made these remarks addressing a religious ceremony
held at the Gamunupura Buddhist Center in Ampara on September 29, to
present the Scroll to the newly elected Mahanayaka of the Udarata
Amarapura Samagri Sangha Sabhawa,Most Ven.Girabe Mangala Nayaka Thero.
President Sirisena stressed before the Mahanayaka
Theros that there is no clause in the new constitutional proposals to
separate or divide the country, and said that still there is no draft
proposal for a new constitution, and the report which presented to the
Parliament merely taking into the consideration of ideas and suggestions
of all the parties, leaving room for the alterations, discussions as
well as for negotiation.
"The Government is paying its prime attention to
provide solutions for the problems faced by the people in the North and
East, ensuring sustainable peace in the country, building reconciliation
among all the communities in a way which will prevent the recurrence of
war", he added.
The President pointed out that if people in the
country entertain ideas of recurrence of the war, the country will again
move forward to a dark era, and said that the government is committed to
build reconciliation and trust among all the communities without leaving
any room to feel such idea among the public. President Sirisena also
said that he request Manayaka Theros and all the religious leaders
including Hindu, Islamic and Christians to discuss in this regard
sitting at the same table.
The President appreciated the religious and social
service rendered by the newly elected Mahanayaka Thero, Most.Ven. Girabe
Mangala Mahanayaka thero and further commended the service rendered by
the Thero to build a better disciplined society.
The Maha Sangha including Ven. Dodampahala Chandrasiri
Mahanayaka Thera, Ven. Nuwara Eliya Chandrajothi Thero, Ven.
Karagahaulpatha Sugathananda Thera, Minister Daya Gamage, former
Minister P. Dayarathna, Governor of the Eastern Province, Rohitha
Bogollagama, and several Ministers of the Eastern Province attended the
Courtesy : president.gov.lk