In August 1995 the Government of Sri Lanka put forward, a set of proposals for constitutional reforms that recognized Sri Lanka as ‘a plural society within a united and sovereign republic’ and the draft constitution that followed in January 1996 described the nature of the State as ‘an indissoluble Union of Regions’. The 2000 Bill presented to Parliament abjured the unitary structure of government and introduced arrangements with a shared sovereignty concerning powers of governance.