Past minority leaders backed Exec Presidency – Devananda

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The late leaders of several political parties representing minorities endorsed the Executive Presidency, believing it would protect minorities in the country, Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda claimed.

Minister Devananda made these remarks during a meeting with the organisers of Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) in Vavuniya.

He said that the proposed 21st Amendment to the Constitution has no any connection with the 13th Amendment.

Devananda added that past leaders of parties representing minorities such as Ilankai Tamil Arasukatchchi (ITAK) National Leader Appapillai Amirthalingam, Founding Leader of Ceylon Workers’ Congress (CWC) Savumiamoorthy Thondaman and Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Leader M. H. M. Ashraff had also emphasised that there would be protection of minority communities under the executive presidency. 

Meanwhile, Devananda went on to say that no any official statement has been issued in connection with leasing Kachchativu Island so far. “No discussion has been held regarding this matter. It could be a rumour spread to gain personal political mileage”.

Devananda promised that such a situation would not arise at any moment.

“Indian trawlers which trespass into Sri Lankan waters off the Northern coast destroy our aquatic resources while damaging fishing equipment. Solution has been found to this issue to a considerable level. I will take every step to resolve these issues within my capacity as Fisheries Minister as far as possible as I can,” Devananda said.

Steps have also been taken to resolve the fuel issue faced by fishermen, the Minister added.

By Naalir Jamaldeen