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Meant to unite Lankans under one nation – Sampanthan

The main objective of a new Constitution is to unite the people and bring them together, which has failed to be achieved until this very moment, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Leader R. Sampanthan said yesterday (11) . Sampanthan made this remark during the meeting of the Constitutional Assembly.

Elaborating further, he said, “We have not been able to constitute a Sri Lankan nation. For the reason that we have been divided, we have been dis-united. This new Constitution is intended to unite the people, to bring them together and enable them to feel that they all belong to one country and that the country belongs to them. Sri Lanka is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, ... multi-religious and multi-cultural, pluralistic society.

Different people live in this country and have lived for centuries and generations. We need to keep them united and all the people living in the country, irrespective of who they are, be it Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims or Burghers, must have a sense of belonging to this country and that this country belongs to them and that they are one people. There must be unity in diversity and that is the main objective of this Constitution,” he observed.

 

He also said that the new Constitution should be approved by a two-thirds majority in Parliament and be taken before the people at a referendum to allow the people to decide whether it should become the supreme law of the country.

(Ceylon Today)

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