MS to call all- party conference to allay fears

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By Sandun A Jayasekera

The government will take three important steps on constitutional reforms and to prevent incorrect information which creates misconceptions about the proposed new constitution, President Maithripala Sirisena said. 


ith the participation of all political parties represented in Parliament, a conference of all religious leaders and another conference of scholars and intellectuals who are interested in this national issue, he said.   

At these conferences the issues pertaining to the proposed new constitution can be discussed and unnecessary clauses could be removed if any and new clauses could be included, if required, he stressed.   

President Sirisena was speaking at the National Convention on Reconciliation, participated by associations and national civil society activists, held yesterday at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium.   

He said the country’s problems cannot be solved through protests carried out by being separated into parties. “People and the country cannot progress through divisions and separations. Everybody should get together and work with understanding and find solutions. That is what is required for the country today”, the President said.   

“Many people who mess up the problems don’t have any ability to solve them. I invite the Venerable Maha Sangha, other religious leaders, scholars and intellectuals to sit around one table and discuss about this 
matter”, he said.   

“It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that the sound of gunfire is not heard once again. Everybody should take the responsibility to build the economy of all the people in a fair society”, the President emphasized.   

The convention was organized by the Ministry of National Co-existence, Dialogue and Official Languages. The President presented certificates for the best co-existence associations.   

Ven. Mahagalkadawara Pugnasara Thera and the Maha Sangha, other religious leaders,former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga,Minister Mano Ganeshan and State Minister A. H. M. Fawzie were among those 
who participated.