Time to treat Tamil people as equals - TNA



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by Saman Indrajith


The TNA said in Parliament, on Thursday, that the Tamil people are willing to live as equal citizens within a united and undivided Sri Lanka.


TNA Group Leader R. Sampanthan, moving an adjournment motion on the current situation in the Northern and Eastern provinces, said that two years have lapsed since the armed struggle, demanding the right of self-determination, had been defeated and the time had now come for the government to provide just and equal treatment to Tamil people and consider them as citizens of Sri Lanka.


The dismal failure of successive governments to recognize and respect the democratic rights of the Tamil people and the persistent demand of the Tamil people for just and equal treatment as Sri Lankan citizens, that has been the root cause for such ethnic violence, to be unleashed against the Tamil people, he said.


The TNA leader invited the attention of the House, the Government and the country "to the imperative need to address the core issues of the conflict and to evolve an acceptable political solution that will bring about genuine reconciliation and harmony amongst the different communities and peoples who inhabit Sri Lanka. Indeed, the only way to ensure permanent peace to evolve an acceptable political solution that will address such genuine reconciliation and harmony amongst the different communities and peoples inhabiting Sri Lanka."


Sampanthan urged the government to address core causes of the conflict, to implement a structured programme to enable to displaced and affected people to rebuild and recommence their lives and to take immediate action to reverse, rectify and redress the several actions that have adverse political, economic, social and cultural consequences to the Tamil people.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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