Lal Wijenayake

The Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reforms informed that they will be meeting all Chief Ministers of the Provinces separately in March.

Chairman of the Committee, Attorney-at-Law Lal Wijenayake said that the Committee had on February 15 and February 16 conducted very successful sessions in the Jaffna District and in the North, with the first day coming to an end at 7.30 p.m. and the second day at 6.30 p.m., where over 106 persons representing large groups had been interviewed.

From the North to the South, the common factor is that everyone wants reconciliation, and submissions differ only on what should happen in order for reconciliation to take place, he noted, adding that everyone acknowledges the need for there to be a certain give and take approach.

It is a matter of finding the correct formula, he explained.

“We will be back in Colombo on March 03, March 04 and March 05 due to the huge demand,” he remarked.

“In the North and in Jaffna, all political parties including the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization, the Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front, the Eelam People’s Democratic Party, and elsewhere university academics, managers and professionals came as part of a separate forum. One or two representatives of the Tamil People’s Council formed by Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C.V. Vigneswaran came. They all made submissions. Former Supreme Court Judge, Justice Vigneswaran did not turn up. We met bishops of the Catholic church, and those from Hindu kovils and elsewhere, even the head priest of the Naga Viharaya. We will ask for no extension. We cannot cope up. We have had no rest and cannot go on like this. If at all an extension will be sought, it will be for the purposes of submitting the report. The plan thus far is to meet the deadline and keep to it,” Wijenayake mentioned.