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APRC now meeting on Sundays too

The All Party Representative Committee (APRC) is scheduled to meet today despite it being a Sunday, amidst reports that the group is hoping to wrap up its meetings, reach a consensus and hand over a report to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, before end next month.

Today’s meeting is the sixth for the month, and according to sources, the committee is holding marathon sessions despite it even being the season and meetings were initially temporarily halted due to the third Budget vote mid December and also during the Christmas holidays.

“The chairman of the APRC Prof. Tissa Vitarana, is very adamant that the committee comes out with something positive within the next few weeks,” sources said.
Meanwhile, many of the APRC members have termed plans to send the committee to Northern Ireland and Spain as simply ‘absurd.’

During the last APRC meeting, many members have not been in favour of undertaking the foreign trip, as they believe that it would scuttle their attempts towards reaching a settlement fast.

The Nation reported last week that plans were afoot from very powerful quarters to send the APRC members to Northern Ireland and Spain, on a tour to study the system of governance adopted in those two countries.

However, a senior member of the committee told The Nation that there was absolutely no necessity for the APRC to undertake a tour abroad, especially not at such a late stage, to learn a system adopted by any particular country.

“If they really want us to learn, then they can either bring down experts from those countries or bring an expert from the foreign mission here, or the committee can always refer literature which gives wide ranging information on such topics,” the member added.

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