President announces three major steps regarding constitutional
"The government will take three important steps on
constitutional reforms and to prevent incorrect information which
creates incorrect ideas about the proposed new constitution", says
President Maithripala Sirisena.
"Accordingly, the government will call for an all
party conference, with participation of the political parties
represented in Parliament, a conference of all religious leaders and
another conference of scholars and intellectuals who are interested in
this national issue", he said.
"At these conferences the issues pertaining to the
proposed new constitution can be discussed and unnecessary clauses could
be removed and new clauses could be included, if required", he further
The President was speaking at the National Convention
on Reconciliation, participated by associations and national civil
society activists, held today (Oct. 30) at the Sugathadasa Stadium.
He said the country's problems cannot be solved
through the protests carried out by being separated into parties.
"People and the country cannot be progressed through the divisions and
separations. Everybody should get together and, work with understanding
and find solutions. That is what, required for the country today", the
"Many people who mess up the problems don't have any
ability to solve them. I invite the venerable Maha Sangha, other
religious leaders, scholars and intellectuals to sit around one table
and discuss about this matter", he said.
"It is everyone's responsibility to ensure that the
sound of gunfire is not heard once again. Everybody should take the
responsibility to build the economy of all the people in a fair
society", the President emphasized.
The convention was organized by the Ministry of
National Coexistence, Dialogue and Official Languages. The President
presented certificates for the best coexistence associations.
Ven. Mahagalkadawara Pugnasara Thero and Maha Sangha,
other religious leaders, former President Chandrika Bandaranaike
Kumaratunga, Minister Mano Ganeshan and the State Minister A. H. M.
Fawzie were among those participated in this occasion.
Courtesy : president.gov.lk