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APRC final report in two weeks

  • Committee to meet on February 16 and 17

By Gagani Weerakoon
The final report of the All Party Representative Committee (APRC) to solve the ethnic conflict will be handed over to President Mahinda Rajapaksa in mid February.

Political sources claimed that a draft copy of the final report has been given to all the political parties represented in the APRC for their final consensus.

It was reported that the APRC has finalised its report recommending a power devolution formula to solve the national issue in the country.

The Committee concluded its deliberations after its 104th meeting at which all 13 parties in the APRC attended.
An interim report based on the consensus reached so far between the parties has been handed over to the party representatives for observations and suggestions. Once the report is finalised by the 13 parties it will be handed over to the President.
However, it was said that not all the parties reached consensus on all the issues.

Despite failing to reach an agreement over the character of the state in the proposed devolution package, the parties however, agreed to abolish the concurrent list, and introduce two lists outlining powers to be vested in the provincial councils and the central government.

In the final report, the APRC has reportedly specified the particular stand taken by each party on each issue where they have failed to reach agreement.

The APRC is expected to meet again on February 16 and 17 to take a final decision on the plan.
However, when contacted APRC Chairman Prof. Tissa Vitarana said that there are few more hiccups in the final report where all representatives should agree thus could not say an exact date as to when the final report will be issued.
He, however, noted that the final report will not take long to be issued.

Meanwhile, government sources said that a political solution will be implemented in two stages to establish long lost democracy in the north soon after the liberation of the Wanni. Accordingly, a provincial council is to be established under the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. However, it was said that there will be a change in vesting police powers to the Northern provincial council even after establishing such an institution. Police powers to investigate minor offences will only be granted while keeping powers to investigate major offences with the central government.

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