Rajapaksa urges Tamils to have faith in him



Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday urged the Tamil community to have faith in him.

Addressing a public rally in Jaffna in support of local government candidates backed by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), the former President said development work had come to a grinding halt since the change of government in January 2015.

Former External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris told the gathering that post-war reconciliation would never be a reality without former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s support.

Prof. Peiris emphasised that only the former President had the capacity to achieve that daunting task as the South had faith in him. Therefore the Tamil community should work with him to secure a lasting political solution, he said.

The former External the Affairs Minister recalled that vast amounts of money had been allocated for the development of the north in the wake of the successful conclusion of the conflict in May 2009 in spite of some expressing reservations.

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) had done nothing for the people, Prof. Peiris said.

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