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Last updated: 18 June, 2009 - Published 15:42 GMT
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Government 'stands by13th amendment'
Sri Lankan government has again said that it is committed to implement the 13th amendment tc the constitution that provides provision for devolution of power.

Responding to a question from the media at the weekly cabinet briefing media minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa accepted that certain allies of the ruling alliance have opposed the implementation of the 13th amendment in full.

“They have the freedom to express their opinion but we have to abide by the constitution” said Minister.

Minister Yapa said that as normality returns to the North and East the implementation will be possible.

He said that the 13th amendment is not a constitutional provision limited to the North and East but a piece of legislation accepted by parliament and it need to be enacted.

Government coalition partner Jathika Hela Urumaya which has elected members in provincial councils has criticised government parliamentarians who have publicly spoken supporting the implementation of the 13th amendment.

In 1987 Sri Lanka's constitution was amended following a pact with India for the 13th time with provisions to devolve power to provinces.

However, consecutive governments have come under criticism for not handing over powers including land and police powers to provincial councils as proposed.

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