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    India cannot dictate on power devolution - Sri Lankan Govt Featured

    June 01, 2014

    “Neither India nor any other country has the right to tell Sri Lanka what kind of devolution system it must have. It is for Parliament of Sri Lanka to decide and the appropriate forum to debate the issue is the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC),” said Nimal Sripala de Silva, senior leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management, addressing the media recently.

    The Minister expressed these observations in reply to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's demand that Sri Lanka should fully implement the devolution package contained in the 13.

    Minister De Silva emphasised that just as Lanka does not advice India on what powers it should devolve to its states, India should not advice Lanka what powers it should give its provinces.

    The Minister questioned the legitimacy of the 13 Amendment saying that it was “imposed” by India (in 1987 as part of the India-Sri Lanka Accord). The SLFP, then in opposition, had agitated against the Accord in July 1987.

     

    Last modified on Sunday, 01 June 2014 09:20

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