Monday, October 23, 2006

mou between the slfp and unp

though it is not my habit to post on this blog outside sources and documents without my comments this time i will do so. i have highlighted several things in this mou that imo require particular attention.
Memorandum of Understanding between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the United National Party to Cooperate on Key Issues Vital for the Nation's Well Being

Preamble :

This Memorandum of Understanding between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the United National Party represents the inauguration of a new political environment eagerly awaited by the public of this country, which replaces the hitherto existing policies of confrontation with the politics of active cooperation on national issues, in the interests of the nation.

On the 12th of October, 2006, H.E. the President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is the Head of the Government and the Leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, and the Hon. Ranil Wickramasinghe, Leader of the Opposition in the Parliament and the Leader of the United National Party, after careful and sustained deliberation have agreed to collaborate in addressing the national issues in regard to peace, good governance and development.

The Parties, recognize that the fundamental challenge that stands in the way of the realization of the goals of peace, good governance and development is that of a just political solution acceptable to all communities.

In pursuance of the objectives referred to above, we, Maithripala Sirisena, General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and Malik Samarawickrama, Chairman of the United National Party hereby declare our agreement to cooperate as set out below:

1. The plenary meeting of the Delegations of two Parties discussed the following papers submitted by the sub-committees for presentation to the two Leaders :

(i) Conflict in the North & East
(ii) Electoral Reforms
(iii) Good Governance
(iv) Social Development
(v) Proposed structure for collaboration

2. The two Parties will cooperate with each other in the areas enumerated in Clause (1) (i) to (iv) above. The issues referred to in Clause 1 (v) above, including the modalities for collaboration, will be implemented at an early date after further direct discussion between the two Leaders and acceptance by the appropriate bodies of each of the two Parties.

3. The United National Party in Parliament will support the Government to implement the policies and programmes in the areas enumerated in Clause 1 (i) to (iv) above.

4. The United National Party reiterates its commitment to extend support to the Government in the pursuit of a negotiated settlement to the on-going conflict while opposing terrorism in all its manifestations and upholding human rights.

5. The United National Party in Parliament shall extend its support to the government to achieve a negotiated settlement to the on-going conflict.

6. The Leader of the United National Party will nominate two Members to the Representative Committee of the All Party Conference.

7. Both Parties agree to expedite the resolution of the present impediments to the effective operation of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution and to finalize the passage into law of the amendments under consideration to the 17th amendment.

8. Both Parties will observe the accepted political and democratic norms applicable to governing good relations.

9. The time frame during which this Agreement will remain operative will be two (02) years from the date of signing hereof.

10. Both Parties agree to the establishment of a High-Level Committee headed by His Excellency the President and the Leader of the Opposition (including an equal number of representatives of each of the two Parties) to oversee the implementation of the above agreements arrived at between the two Parties and to cooperate with each other in regard to the resolution of any disagreement which may arise in the course of implementation of this Agreement and the policies and programmes set out in Clauses 1 to 8 above, and the fulfillment of the agreed national agenda, so as to achieve just and durable peace, good governance and sustainable development in Sri Lanka.

Maithripala Sirisena
General Secretary
Sri Lanka Freedom Party

Malik Samarawickrama
United National Party


Anonymous said...

Eid Mubarak, Sri Lanka!

Keshi said...

Hey Sittingnut u ok? Why r u so quite?


sittingnut said...

anon at 10/24/2006 7:27 am
eid mubarak to you as well!

i am sorting out somethings in my life and was taking break after month of heavy activity. will be back next week or so.

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jiffyspaceman said...

mou = more foreign control + internal class alignment between the two mainline parties.

net result will be anti-democratic and pro business (local and abroad). would love to say this was the right move for sri lanka, but it's a boon for the tigers. coalition govts were always a natural barrier to conceding too much to tamils. now of course they'll pass some devolution agreement with the required 2/3 majority (with or without the consent of the sinhalese voters).
this reeks of the big boys scratching each others backs and screwing the sinhalese patriot. nothing short of a stab in the back.

heck! all that 'investor confidence' will trickle down dividends to our slum dwellers, scooter drivers and paddy farmers in kurunegala right!? im waiting with baited breath!

as duttu gemunu said to vihara maha devi, "on one side is the sea, the other the tamils". today its worse, there's tamils, ngos, foreign investors, US, EU and indian geopolitical strategicians and our own politicos who are in the paybooks of the local industrialists.

terrific combo folks!