Tamil Diplomat

Leader of the House responds to criticisms on OMP Bill

Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella has stated that he would discuss the issue with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, the subject minister, with the objective of bringing in amendments to the Bill.

He made this observation in Parliament responding to views expressed by the opposition on the Office of the Missing Persons Bill. He said: “I had a great desire to participate in the debate on the OMP Bill. But it was not us who disrupted the debate. The Opposition should have participated in the debate without congregating in the Well. The Bill was presented to this House on 22 May. Had you any opposition, you could have gone before Court. Now it is too late. The Speaker has put his signature to it. It contains all the necessary amendments. “