Tamils in Sri Lanka feel pessimistic due to lack of reconciliation: UK Global Tamil Forum

Sirisena had promised to reach out to the Tamils to pursue reconciliation more vigorously than Rajapaksa, who was known for his hardline Sinhalese nationalism.

By: PTI | Colombo | Published:October 22, 2016 5:43 pm
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Tamils in Sri Lanka are feeling pessimistic due to lack of progress in reconciliation efforts by President Maithripala Sirisena who had promised to reach out to the minority community more vigorously than his predecessor, a UK-based diaspora group said on Saturday.

“Lack of urgency towards demilitarisation, normalisation in the North and East, insufficient effort to include all communities into the reconciliation processes and mixed messages emanating from the top political leadership on accountability and good governance are all contributing towards re-emergence of cynicism and pessimism among the Tamil people, a trend that ought to be addressed without delay,” the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) said in a statement.

The London-based group commended the comments made by UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues Rita Izsak-Ndiaye that to achieve peaceful co-existence “a comprehensive, well-planned and well-coordinated truth, reconciliation, healing and accountability process must take place”.

“Izsak-Ndiaye’s recommendation that the most pressing and emotive issues for minority communities – disappeared persons, return of occupied land, release of security-related detainees as well as demilitarisation – must be addressed urgently and her call that the views and aspirations of the minority communities must be taken into proper consideration in the Constitutional reform process, resonate fully with the Tamil community,” the group said.

The Special Rapporteur’s warning regarding stalled progress and the urgent need for concrete action to sustain the momentum for change reflect the prevalent view among several key observers on Sri Lanka, it said.

The group appealed to the Lankan government to embark on focussed and targeted initiatives towards accountability, political resolution and reconciliation so that the unique opportunity exists today to convert Sri Lanka into a modern, democratic, plural and prosperous country will not be squandered.

It said that on its part, it will do all it can to pro- actively contribute to consolidate and accelerate the progressive transition presently underway.

Sirisena, who came to power last year after ending former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa’s nearly a decade-long rule, had promised to reach out to the Tamils to pursue reconciliation more vigorously than Rajapaksa, who was known for his hardline Sinhalese nationalism.

On Thursday, a UN rights expert asked exhorted the Lankan government to return military-occupied land and reduce the role of the army in northern areas, a long-pending demand of the ethnic Tamils since the end of the nearly three-decade- long separatist war led by the LTTE in 2009 in which thousands of civilians were killed.

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    elam in
    Jan 1, 2017 at 10:12 pm
    then how so called srilankan tamil language culture and relegion 100% south indian and sinhaleese not
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    Bandula
    Oct 23, 2016 at 3:52 pm
    I hope all these people reading the criticism of reconciliation of Tamils and Sinhalese in Sri Lanka by interested parties in EU, UK and USA make a visit to Sri Lanka and get a first hand view. Global Tamil diaspora is painting a bleak picture of Sri Lanka to sustain their refugee status and backing by politicians for their vote with disregard for ordinary Tamil potion in Sri Lanka, With elections in USA and UK their voices have got stronger. In Sri Lanka few Tamil politicians too are blowing the same trump. Speaking about Tamil autonomy leading to a creation of a tamil eelam in this small country will never ist in reconciliation. The Tamils extremists who already have their homeland in Tamil Nadu want to annexe the northern Sri Lanka to wage their war against India for a separate country like Bangladesh and stan. Few Tamil politicians in Sri Lanka have fallen prey ti their ideology,lt;br/gt;In Sri Lanka, Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims living away from Colombo and main cities face similar hardships in their existence. None of them are interested in political administration but having a good life, a home to live in and schools for their children.lt;br/gt;If any foreign government is interested in Sri Lankan Tamils, let them contribute by investing in Sri Lanka for economic growth rather than calling for war crimes during a difficult time in eradicating terrorism in Sri Lanka. Some of these countries have blatantly violated ethics of war crimes and should have been brought to justice long ago but evading responsibility because of their wealth. If they persist their time will come sooner with the world power shifting from West to East.
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    Rohan
    Oct 31, 2016 at 4:24 am
    Homeland of the indigenous Sri Lankan Tamils from the north and east is not Tamil Nadu but the North and East of the island. They have been living there from pre historic times. In fact DNA studies have proved that is the ancestors of the most of the modern day Sinhalese and not the Sri Lankan Tamils who arrived from Tamil Nadu. Sinhalese share a 70% DNA with Indian Tamils. Sri Lankan Tamils only 17%
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    Rohan
    Oct 31, 2016 at 4:26 am
    Homeland of the indigenous Sri Lankan Tamils from the north and east is not Tamil Nadu but the North and East of the island. They have been living there from pre historic times. In fact DNA studies have proved that is the ancestors of the most of the modern day Sinhalese and not the Sri Lankan Tamils who arrived from Tamil Nadu. Sinhalese share a 70% DNA with Indian Tamils. Sri Lankan Tamils only 17%
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    SHAN NALLIAH
    Oct 25, 2016 at 11:25 am
    SINHALESE NEVER LEARN! NEVER LISTEN! NEVER CHANGE! NEVER RESPECT HR and DIGNITY OF TAMILS!
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