Demerger of North and East Provinces of Sri Lanka

Recent supreme court judgement regarding the separation of the two provinces confirms the idea of rule of law and constitutionalism. It is now clear that late president Mr J.R.Jayawardene has violated the constitution of Sri Lanka under the pressure of Indian government in 1987 which led to the Indo-Sri lanka accord.

In political terms there is a demand from the Northern tamil politicians that the eastern province be merged with the north. The parliament has the power to that and not the late president who was the chief excutive of the state.

The Liberal Party of Sri Lanka from its inception in 1987 supported a solution to the grievances based on a federal system based on 9 provinces. However five regions merging some of the provinces would also  be appropriate as a unit for a future arrangment.

Kamal Nissnka   

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