Home-grown solution will address issues:
Reviving PSC vital – Presidential Spokesman
“A home-grown solution is needed to achieve reconcilitation
acceptable to all communities in the country. This has to come from all
stakeholders and others in Sri Lanka”, Presidential Spokesman Mohan
He said Parliament has created a forum, a Parliamentary Select
Committee (PSC) to achieve this goal and it is the duty of those seeking
a negotiated settlement to the remaining contentious issues to take part
and expedite the process.
The PSC, set up with 31 members - 19 from the Government coalition
and 12 representing opposition parties including three from the TNA, had
come to a standstill since 2012 as the UNP, JVP and the TNA boycotted
Samaranayake said even the implementation of the 13th Amendment had
met with resistance since it was not a home-grown solution.
“Some believe the 13th Amendment is the only solution, but there are
others who oppose it and feel that it was something imposed on them
without their consent.”
President Mahinda Rajapaksa had repeatedly told foreign envoys that
for a solution to be sustainable it must have the views of all parties
who should strive to reach a common goal.
“There were solutions in the past which had been suggested and some
failed during implementation. These did not address all issues.”
“If stakeholders do not participate, a settlement found without their
consent will create further problems. Hence, a quorum is crucial,” he