The Truth is Bitter

By Dilrukshi Handunnetti

A vociferous campaigner of power sharing to heal the ethnic wounds of this island since his early days in politics, Dilan Perera cut his teeth in the power game at the provincial level a decade ago and made the promotion of a new political order his key concern.
Holding a commerce special degree, he also qualified as an attorney-at- law and used his twin qualifications to become a controversial politician with a fresh outlook.
He was Opposition Leader, Uva Provincial Council before entering Parliament in 1994. Perera also played a significant role in the ‘Sudu Nelum’ Movement and ‘Book and Brick’ program which were aimed at educating the masses on the need to share power.
Perera’s commitment to negotiated peace and his strong advocacy of a federal solution earned him the portfolio of Deputy Minister of Justice, Ethnic Affairs and National Integration in 1999.

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PSC -the ideal platform to solve national question - Dilan Perera

By Uditha KUMARASINGHE

Foreign Employment and Welfare Minister Dilan Perera said the proposed Parliamentary Select Committee is an ideal platform to bring about amendments to the constitution aimed at a political solution to the national question. The Minister in an interview with the Sunday Observer said we must try to get the TNA, UNP and all other political parties involved in the Parliamentary Select Committee to evolve and fine tune a solution that will go beyond the 13th Amendment. If any political party feels this select committee is going to be an exercise to mark time, the option is not to boycott it but to participate and request to have a time frame to finish its deliberations.

Excerpts of the interview:
Q: Are you optimistic that the proposed Parliamentary Select Committee would be able to evolve a solution to the national question?

A: I have been very optimistic in any attempt which has been made throughout history to bring about a solution to the national question. Even in this instance, I see the proposed Parliamentary Select Committee as a very positive step to bring about necessary amendments to the Constitution aiming at a political solution.

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