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
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
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