An Appeal for the Abolition of the Thirteenth Amendment

The priceless Independence that our country achieved with blood, tears and commitment and the island nation’s unitary character have to be handed over in pristine form to the next generation and generations yet to be born. That is the formidable challenge facing us.

We all know Your Excellency is above manipulation by various influences and threats designed for the insidious benefit of external agencies. These agencies are resorting to new strategies to divide our country having ignominiously failed to achieve their fantasy of Eelam by means of war and destruction. Their maneuvers are being sharpened and fine-tuned to form a single divisive force.

A unitary island nation is the inalienable inheritance of the Sinhalese race. The choice of the moment in our view is between the implementation of the Thirteenth Amendment with its conspiratorial clauses relating to police and land powers or its abolition in its entirety. The wrong choice is best with tragic consequences for our country.

Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse’s recent pronouncement that the Thirteenth Amendment be done away with defies contradiction. We have no option but to free our country from the Thirteenth Amendment trap.

As citizens who love our motherland we appreciate deeply the patriotism embedded in Your Excellency’s personality, a patriotism that inspired victory over the most ruthless terrorist organization in the world. Our plea is that our country be saved from a looming catastrophe lurking in the Thirteenth Amendment that bring to naught the victory won at the cost of thousands of lives.

Most respectfully yours,

Mithrawa Sansadaya

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