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.