An all party meeting chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday night to ascertain opinions of political party leaders on how the government should proceed about in meeting Geneva proposals ended without any fireworks.
Speculations in the media that those opposing the implementation of UNHRC proposals, including the setting up of Hybrid courts would come up with all guns blazing, was not to be the case.
Pivithuru Hela Urumaya leader MP Udaya Gammanpila was the only dissenting voice in the crowd, but this too was a whimper, quite a contrast to his scathing remarks on the issue in public meetings and TV debates.
Meanwhile Opposition leader R. Sampanthan was in a jovial mood calling for the full implementation of the recommendations.
JVP’s Tylvin Silva said that the government should carefully study the proposals as some clauses infringe on the country’s constitution.
Gammanpila noted that the Lankan constitution does not include provisions to mandate a Hybrid court.
There were no invitations for NFF Leader Wimal Weerawansa or TULF leaders Ananda Sangaree.
President Sirisena at the outset requested political parties to submit written suggestions on the future course of action that should be taken with regards to the UNHRC resolution, within two weeks.
The President told party leaders that any action to meet Geneva proposals will be based within the framework of Sri Lankan Constitution.
“Their current resolution is quite different in terms of its content in comparison to those resolutions that came intermittently on March 22, 2012 , March 21, 2013 and March 27, 2014,” the President said.
Sirisena said that the proposals in the current resolution were not as intrusive as ones proposed in the previous ones. He said that Sri lanka had to face this and could not run away from the responsibility.
The meeting which lasted for about an hour ended with President promising to have several rounds of such gatherings in the near future.
Three members including General Secretary of a party were allowed to participate.
United National Party Leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Opposition Leader R. Sampantham of the Tamil National Alliance, Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna General Secretary Tilvin Siva, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress leader and Minister Rauf Hakeem, Democratic People’s Front Leader Mano Ganeshan, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya leader MP Udaya Gammanpila, Communist Party Leader D.E.W. Gunasekara, MP Chandrasiri Gajadheera, Nawa Sama Samaja Party leader MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara, LSSP leader and former All Party Representatives Committee Chairman Prof. Tissa Vitharana and Ministers Champika Ranawaka and Nimal Siripala de Silva were among the participants.