The Sunday Leader

Diplomats Seek Meeting With Pillayan Over 13A

By Easwaran Rutnam

The diplomatic community in Sri Lanka has sought a meeting with former Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan (Pillayan) to discuss issues relating to the 13th Amendment, diplomatic sources told The Sunday Leader.
A meeting had been sought with Pillayan last week but it failed to materialise as Chandrakanthan was in the East and not in Colombo.
However it is understood that Pillayan may travel to Colombo later this week and schedule the meetings with the diplomats to give his views on the 13th Amendment.
Pillayan, the leader of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) is a strong advocate of the 13th Amendment and had once called for its full implementation including the devolution of powers to the provinces.
Government allies had last week called for the 13th Amendment to be abolished saying it could harm the sovereignty of the nation.
When contacted by The Sunday Leader, Pillayan said his position on the 13th Amendment remains the same.
“We had been calling for it to be implemented as it will help resolve issues faced by the Tamils. Resolving those issues is of national interest so no one can say it is not good for the country,” he said.
He however noted that so far the government has not officially made any intimation of abolishing the 13th Amendment.
“All the comments made regarding it have been mostly personal views expressed by various government stakeholders,” he said.
Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella had said last week that no decision has been taken on abolishing the 13th Amendment.

9 Comments for “Diplomats Seek Meeting With Pillayan Over 13A”

  1. If Sri Lanka wants to move forward the first important thing it should do is to implement 13 amendment to the consitittion without further delay. There is no point in talking this subject anymore. Tamils are our brothers and they too should enjoy the freedom like us. They are not asking a separate state and they are happy to live in unitary state of Sri Lanka. Our politcians should understand this. There is no point in supressing the Tamils anymore. We dont want another 30 years of war. President has the full power to resolve this issue. Over to you President.

    • vintage voter


      • tomsamusa

        This joker is functioning at spinal or below(a– hole level); talking to him is a great move to bring about a East Timor in sinking lanka.

    • P.L.J.B.Palipana


    • Mangala

      Minal Sri, kind of you guys should understand, that the Tamil politicians are always call for separate state. your kind of blind and bold people do not see the far enough. Can’t you see the Tamils live in Colombo, Matara, Kandy, Nuwaraeliya? Where are you from? Idiot and spineless politicians always make the country spoiled. You can’t give answer there is no question. 13 amendment is Indian trojan. We do need majority people opinion not a single personnal opinion. If Pillayan were with LTTE on 2009, he also gone for ever.

    • Lasan de Silva

      No matter how much we try as Sinhalese to settle issues with the Tamils. Sambanthan and the gang for personal gains asking for more and more.They forget the fact that Sri Lanka belongs to the Sinhalese and the tamails,Muslims,burger s and Malay people . We lived peacefully as we did for decades.But,the politicians are making a blunder….by promising the poor voters a separate state and they continue to ask for that,.So,the Southerners will never ever let that happen.So,wouold I……go to Tamil Nadue please….and have your ELLLAM WITH brother VIKO and the other Gemba……Karunanidhi…….

    • Thepanis

      Are you dreaming sir!!!

    • Vj

      Minal this is the first step to separate state,

      What about the other parts of the country, we are not a large country like India, Canada, Australia, USA or Russia to govern by state culture TNA is trying to a chive what lunatic praba could not achive

  2. naman

    It is time Pillayan stop being a stooge of Rajapaksa brothers.
    He needs to act to implement the 13th Amendment in entirety and bring peace and prosperity to the country.

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