‘New Constitution in place by next Independence Day’

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By Yohan Perera   
The new constitution should be in place at the time the country celebrates its 70th Independence anniversary, Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera told Parliament.  

LATE-CITY--DM-1-33 “Most importantly, the journey we began with the passage of the resolution to appoint the Constitutional Assembly in April last year must be pursued with vigour. We should not walk into our 70th year of Independence with unresolved issues that would hobble our nation’s march towards prosperity,” he said, speaking during an adjournment motion in the House last afternoon.   

He said the government was not carrying out the orders of foreign countries, as alleged by the opposition. “To those who allege that we are copying others or doing what other countries tell us to do or what the UN tells us, I want to state clearly that this is not so. Moreover, Hon. Speaker, there is no set formula of exactly how to do this. There is no cookie-cutter model. The measures taken must reflect the specific national context and human rights principles; and should be led and owned by national actors,” he said.   

 “It is to the people of this country that we are answerable and it is to them that we are responsible. Not to the international community,” he said.   

“Since Sri Lanka is not a signatory to the Rome Statute regarding international jurisdiction with regard to war crimes, ensuring justice with regard to such matters will be the business of national independent judicial mechanisms,” he said.   .