(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says for the first time in Sri Lanka’s history, all political parties recognize the unitary state concept and the government’s ability to create a common stance on the unitary state concept was a major achievement.
Speaking during an event in Kalutara Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said none of the previous governments were able to achieve this milestone.
“For the first time in history, all political parties in Sri Lanka have accepted the unitary state concept, the territorial integrity. We all did together that no one could not do. Our victory is a unitary Sri Lanka,” said the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister rejected the opposition’s allegations that the government is attempting to divide the country. “We have no need to divide the country, we will not allow it either,” he said.
The Premier said currently there is no new constitution yet. “Each party has its own ideas. Making a constitution is not my responsibility. Two-third of parliament needs to agree to introduce the new constitution.”
He said the government was able to resolve many concerns by means of discussions and eliminated main political threat by persuading all parties to agree on the unitary state concept.
The Prime Minister today opened the Kalutara Bus Stand and Commercial complex constructed at a cost of Rs. 474 million under the ‘Sukitha Purawara’ development project.
The common market complex on Main Street comprising 158 shops was constructed at a cost of Rs. 186 million and the complex on Station Road with 173 shops was constructed at a cost of Rs. 288 million.
Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, Non-Cabinet Minister Ajith Perera, Deputy Minister Palitha Thewarapperuma and Parliamentarian Lakshman Wijemanne were present at the occasion.