The Tamil National Alliance said it was “deeply shocked to learn of the clashes that took place at the University of Jaffna on Saturday 16.07.2015”.
Clashes erupted between Tamil and Sinhala students at Jaffna University last week, after arguments over an attempt by Sinhala students to push for a Kandyan dance act to be leading the university event for new students.
“We regret that several students have sustained injuries and that the Sinhala students had to be evacuated from the University and Jaffna as a precautionary measure,” the TNA said in a statement on Sunday.
“The TNA appeals to all students not to permit any recurrence of such incidents or anything that will hinder genuine reconciliation amongst communities in our country.”
“Whilst inviting the students who have been evacuated to return to Jaffna, we urge the other students who remain to welcome them and assure them of their safety as they resume their studies.”
“We call upon the students and the authorities to work together in creating the right conditions for students from different backgrounds to live and study together in the University of Jaffna in the future.”