The Tamil National Alliance has urged China to influence the government to address Tamil grievances in a serious manner and put forward a political solution to their concerns.
TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran said that the government often banks on China to avoid pressure exerted from countries like India and the United States.
“China must look at the actual situation in Sri Lanka and not do anything that may harm Tamil sentiments. They must use the influence they have on the government to push them to address Tamil concerns,” he said.
Meanwhile Tamil National People’s Front leader Gajendrakumar Ponambalam said despite the end of the war four years ago the government is now continuing to wage a war against the Tamils by other means.
“In the 1970s, when the Tamil youth took to arms, it was primarily to try and prevent the structural Genocide of the Tamil Nation. In other words, the Tamils took up arms to try and prevent, what I call, the systematic dismantling of the existence of the Tamils as a distinct Nation in Sri Lanka. Today, four years after the war, the steps being taken by the government to destroy the existence of the Tamil Nation is a hundred times worse and of a much greater pace than the situation that existed when the Tamils took up arms 30 years ago,” he said.
Tamil political parties have accused the government of taking over civilian land in former war zones to establish new military camps.
Over 1000 Tamil civilians had this week filed a court case against the move. (Colombo Gazette)
Report by Easwaran Rutnam