Even after 35 years, we still cannot implement the 13A – Rajitha
Parliament member Rajitha Senaratne emphasizes that all parties should be responsible that the discussion started by President Ranil Wickramasinghe regarding finding solutions to the national problem does not become another difficult effort like in the past.
Rajitha Senaratne stated this while replying to an inquiry made by Lanka News Web about the all-party discussion that started yesterday (13) under the chairmanship of the President.
He further commented that,
“It was in 1987 that the 13th constitutional amendment was signed. Now in the year 2022 we are still discussing the implementation of 13. Even after 35 years, we have not been able to implement this. That is the real situation in this country.
After the end of the war period, President Mahinda Rajapaksa told foreign countries that he would provide a ‘Thirteen Plus’ solution. He told Sri Lanka that it was ‘Thirteen Minus’. All the leaders have done since then is to pass the ball about the 13th amendment. We prepared documents about this in the government in 2015, but still it could not be implemented.
Now in yesterday’s discussion, we saw that this was going to be all mixed up with land issues and other issues. If 13 is fully implemented, there will be no land issue again.
The 13th amendment addressed two of the main issues of the people of the North and East. One is the police for their safety. The second one is the right to the land where they live. If you confirm those two, almost all other problems will be solved.
Those who held to a part of the 13th amendment and opposed it have now agreed. But when this is going to be fully implemented, someone will object again. That’s how things work in this country.
In yesterday’s discussion, everyone except Gevindu Kumaratunga agreed that this issue should be resolved. That’s a big thing.
Vijaya Kumaratunga was shot dead that day because he spoke in favor of 13A. The people who killed him have also entered the provincial councils today. Their leaders also said that the remote control of the provincial councils is in their hands. But they killed Vijaya Kumaratunga because they said that the country was divided by that provincial council, and they had to get a visa to go from one province to another. Now let’s see what they say when the 13th Amendment is going to be fully implemented.
If we make a lie that we will solve this, this time too, the youth of the north will go to a struggle like in the past. It is not an armed struggle but a peaceful struggle. But that will completely turn the politics of the north upside down. If that happens, then we will have to talk about this issue with a new group. Before that, we should definitely do it when we can talk to the people involved and solve it.”