Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY SANDUN A JAYASEKERA

The need of the hour was not to bring ‘No con­fi­dence Mo­tions’ (NCMS) but to re­store nor­malcy, law and or­der and in­ter faith har­mony in the coun­try, Gen­eral Sec­re­tary of the SLFP, for­mer Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara said on Tuesday.

Ad­dress­ing the me­dia at the party of­fice on Tuesday, Mr. Jayasekara said if the joint op­po­si­tion and the JVP had a gen­uine de­sire to bring the coun­try out of this mess, they must not bring NCMS but to sup­port the set of pro­pos­als, dis­cuss them in the Sec­toral Com­mit­tee on Na­tional Se­cu­rity, bring amend­ments if nec­es­sary and pass the Bill as early as pos­si­ble as these pro­pos­als are the sure way to wipe out ex­trem­ism, terrorism from the soil of Sri Lanka once and for ever while strength­en­ing peace, har­mony and law and or­der.

“I can­not un­der­stand is what the JO and the JVP want at this hour of a na­tional calamity. Do they need to top­ple the gov­ern­ment and take power or take the coun­try out of

this pre­car­i­ous sit­u­a­tion? If they won the NCM, went for elec­tions and form a gov­ern­ment, it will take an­other three to four months min­i­mum. But the coun­try would be in a worse po­si­tion by then. I sug­gest to them to sup­port our set of pro­pos­als aimed at restor­ing peace and pros­per­ity in the coun­try. Sri Lanka need a fu­tur­is­tic and most ef­fec­tive sin­gle piece of law to deal with re­li­gious fun­da­men­tal­ism and

I sug­gest to them to sup­port our set of pro­pos­als aimed at restor­ing peace and pros­per­ity in the coun­try

terrorism. We ex­pect to ta­ble these pro­pos­als in Par­lia­ment in two months and make them law,” Mr. Jayasekara stressed.

He added that al­most all the po­lit­i­cal par­ties in­clud­ing the UNP, SLPP, TNA, CPSL and the SLMC had ini­tially ex­pressed their sup­port to these pro­pos­als and some par­ties have al­ready nom­i­nated their rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the sec­toral com­mit­tee.

Mr. Jayasekara said the SLFP Cen­tral Com­mit­tee met on Mon­day to de­cide to go through the NCMS closely and de­cide on its po­si­tion. ‘

“We haven’t seen the two NCMS as yet. We will take the most suit­able de­ci­sion at the right time on the NCMS af­ter re­view­ing them,” he noted.


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