The current need of India and America is to increase the influence of the present regime among the Sinhala masses. Hence there is an attempt to curtail the UNHRC’s actions, with the publication of its report and the matters regarding accountability could be left to be completed internally, said the leader of the Tamil National People‘s Front, Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam.
He told a Tamil media based in Colombo that, World Powers are attempting to create a Tamil third force as an alternative to TNA so that, when the people who are frustrated of the TNA’s current trend start seeking a new leadership, that leadership should not fell into the hands of the Tamil National people front.
“By this situation, the solution for the ethnic problem will be blocked in the illusion of 13th amendment and Provincial Council within the unitary state. On the other side, the matter of accountability will be blocked in an internal investigation under the over view of Maithripala, who had boasted that he was the acting Minister of Defence during the last two weeks of the final stages of the war. This is like the accused investigating his own crime.”
“In this dangerous situation, to avoid Tamil people being made into orphans, we must be aware of the geo- politics prevailing in Sri Lanka, the advantages and dangers received through it.” Gajendrakumar further said.
Meanwhile TNA MP S Sritharan told visiting British Deputy High Commissioner Laura Davis, in Kilinochchi on 10 February the need for an ‘internationally supervised’ political solution for the Tamils.
“The army still maintains a heavy military presence in the north. The army still maintains the same number of bases and carry out same the level of patrols with the same level of intensity. People are still being arrested and summoned for interrogation. Our people voted for a change with huge expectations, but there appears to be no change in their plight whatsoever,” MP Sritharan has told the British envoy, who went to the north on a fact-finding mission.
“People a losing hope gradually. There is still army presence, army camps and surveillance. Nothing has changed. Resettlement has not happened, many things that were announced have not progressed any further. “Finally a solution should be found for the ethnic crisis that is ongoing for more than 70 years, with international supervision,” he added.
Commenting on the high level of military involvement in everyday life, Mr Sritharan said, “Former Tamil cadres that have been rehabilitated are struggling to find jobs, as farms and factories are still under military control or not operating.”
Although many relief measures have been announced by the new government, nothing, including the resettlement of the war-displaced civilians, has been implemented on the ground he said.
Responding to the resolution on Genocide passed by the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) yesterday, the Governor of the NPC H.M.G.S. Palihakkara has called the Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswarn to meet him immediately.
Palihakkara had called the Chief Minister last night. However, Chief Minister is meeting him this morning.