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Last updated: 03 March, 2008 - Published 17:46 GMT
 
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'APRC ineffective' advisor resigns
 
Dr. Jayampathi Wikramaratne
'My hope that some thing tangible would come is receding'.
The present parliament of Sri Lanka is incapable of finding a political solution to the ethnic problem, says a leading constitutional expert who stepped down from the post of senior advisor to the Sri Lankan Government.

Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne sayS that he completely lost faith on the All Party Representative Committee [APRC] formulated by the government to find a political solution to the ethnic problem.

 Given the composition of this parliament and the disproportionate share of seats that the JVP, JHU and MEP have relative to their actual support, I do not think much can happen with in this parliament
 
Dr. Jayampathi Wikramaratne

Resigning from his post as a senior advisor to the ministry of constitutional affairs, Dr Wikramaratne said that the government is not interested in devolving power to the Tamil people.

Dr Wikaramaratne said, “when APRC was appointed I was hopeful that something tangible would come out form it”.

Hopes are receding

“Given the composition of this parliament and the disproportionate share of seats that the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna( JVP ), Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) and Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) have relative to their actual support, I do not think much can happen with in this parliament”.

APRC chairman with President Rajapaksa

“My hope that some thing tangible would come is receding and therefore the time has come to move out of the ministry” Dr. Wikramarathne added.

Dr. Wickramaratne is a senior member of the government coalition partner Lanka Sama Samaja Party [LSSP].

He said that LSSP was ambitious about finding a solution to the ethnic problem within the framework of APRC and led the venture to propose recommendations to the APRC.

 If the LSSP and the Communist Party of Sri Lanka stood steadily for the devolution, we would have been able to achieve a political solution.
 
Jayampathi Wikramaratne

According to Dr.Wikramaratne, his LSSP colleague Minister Tissa Vitharane who chaired the APRC has promised to put forward proposals to devolve powers to Tamils, despite the opposition from JVP, JHU and MEP.

However, Minister Vitrarane ended up by being party to the "diluted 13th amendment" said Dr.Wikramaratne.

13th Amendment

“If the LSSP and the Communist Party of Sri Lanka stood steadily for the devolution, without being submissive, we would have been able to achieve a political solution,” Dr Wikramaratne pointed out.

He said that the LSSP "does not have any problem with fully implementation of the thirteenth amendment.”

Dr. Jayampathi Wikramaratne first joined the ministry of constitutional affairs as a consultant in 1996 and was instrumental in preparing the constitution reforms bill presented in 2000 under the Chandrika Bandaranaike government.

 
 
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