No change to 13th amendment; Bishops council

Monday, 10 June 2013 - 19:10


The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka requested the government not to proceed with amending the 13th amendment but to discuss with all relevant parties on drawing up a totally new Constitution which is fair by all communities.


A statement from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka stated that the 13thAmendment of the National Constitution is a system that by large allows the greater participation of the people in the matter of governance.


In the statement signed by Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the organization stated that even though the 13th amendment may not be perfect, at this moment Sri Lanka is striving to make permanent the hard won peace and that pondering on this constitutional provision may lead to over centralization of authority and to international meddling in the internal affairs of this country.


It therefore advised the government not to proceed with the proposed amendment to the 13thamendment or to its total repeal but to discuss with all parties, especially through the Parliamentary Select Committee and think about a totally new Constitution which would guarantee justice, peace and prosperity for all citizens of the country regardless of their ethnic, religious or social differences.

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