Govt. opposed to North-East merger - Peiris
[TamilNet, Friday, 08 May 1998, 23:59 GMT]
The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Prof. G.L. Peiris said "we do not support the complete merger of the north and eastern provinces. We have clearly stated in the draft proposal our view regarding this", speaking at the weekly press meeting yesterday.
"The UNP had said that they will submit their alternative proposals before May 18. We will discuss these with them when they submit them", Prof. Peiris said further.
"Proposals regarding land, devolution, the form of government, Police powers have not been put forward", said Prof. Peiris.
He also said that the UNP had said that they would submit their proposals within three months. Seven months have gone by. However we cannot force them to submit their proposals" he said.