No solution seen to Sri Lanka’s ‘national question’ 10 years after war

ECONOMYNEXT – Even 10 years after the 30-year Tamil tiger separatist struggle was crushed, there is no solution to the problems faced by minority Tamils, Tamil National Alliance Leader R. Sampanthan said.

“We want a solution within a united undivided and indivisible Sri Lanka,” he was quoted as telling visiting United Kingdom Minister of State for the Commonwealth, UN and South Asia Tariq Ahmad.

“We have endeavoured to resolve the national question through a reasonable and acceptable power sharing arrangement. We all want this country to prosper,” Sampanthan said, according to a TNA statement.

But he expressed his disappointment that none of the efforts to resolve minority grievances made over the past 30 years have materialized.

Expressing his concerns over the delays and unwillingness on the part of the political parties in providing the solution to the national question, Sampanthan said: “We want effective democracy where people can exercise powers in matters related to them substantially.”

But even 10 years after the war was ended nothing has moved so far, Sampanthan said.

The international community, which helped the government of Sri Lanka to defeat the Tamil Tigers, should pres for a political solution as promised by government, said Sampanthan.

He said it is the responsibility and duty of the international community to ensure that there is a reasonable and acceptable solution to the national problem.

“We don’t want any more violence in this country,” said Sampanthan. “Our people have suffered enough. Now we want the international community to act and urge the government to fulfill their commitment.”

Tariq Ahmad said the United Kingdom will continue to be engaged with the government and continue to keep the government answerable in line with the bilateral relationship between the two countries.
(COLOMBO, 02 October 2019)

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