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Sri Lanka not to abolish 13th Amendment completely

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Wed, Jul 31, 2013, 07:45 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 31, Colombo: A Sri Lankan government Minister says the 13th Amendment 

to the Constitution would not be completely abolished but will be changed to

make it more meaningful.

Government Spokesperson, 
Median and Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said the 13th Amendment would not be completely abolished since the provincial council system is part of the country's society.
The Minister at an event in Kandy said the government will however proceed with the changes to the 13th Amendment.
"The 13th Amendment and provincial councils system were introduced to solve the conflict in the north, but that never happened," he said.
While observing that the 13th Amendment was forced on Sri Lanka by India through the Indo-Lanka Accord in 1987, Rambukwella said some changes have been made to the 13th Amendment in order to make it more meaningful.
India has meanwhile reiterated that it firmly supports the 13th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution and there should be no dilution or abolition to the amendment.
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