Douglas faults Indo-Lanka accord

Government Minister and EPDP leader Douglas Devananda says the Indo-Lanka peace accord was used for personal gain that to solve the national issue.

The Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord was an accord signed in Colombo on July 29, 1987, between Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Sri Lankan President J.R. Jayewardene.

The accord was expected to resolve the civil war. Under the terms of the agreement, Colombo agreed to devolve power to the provinces, the Sri Lankan troops were to be withdrawn to their barracks in the north and the Tamil rebels were to surrender their arms

Speaking at an event in Jaffna today Devanana said that the Tamil people in the north were misled by some political parties which eventually led to the prolonged war.

He recalled that the war affected hundreds of Tamil civilians and he himself ended up being a target of the LTTE on numerous occasions.

The Minister noted that despite attempts to kill him he did not run away and instead remained in active politics.

He said that talks with the LTTE to resolve the national issue proved futile and now it was time for politicians to help the people who were affected by the war.