President instructs Foreign Minister to have talks with diaspora

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed Foreign Minister Professor G.L. Peiris to have talks with the diaspora.

The Foreign Minister said that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has encouraged him to engage in a dialogue with the diaspora and the Government is also reaching out to the Tamil National Alliance, the Foreign Ministry said.

The Foreign Minister said that the Government has also commenced an engagement with civil society organisations.

He said the Government has also released some suspects held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and is revisiting the PTA to make changes which are not cosmetic but substantial.

The Minister also stated that the offices such as Office of Missing Persons, Office for Reparations and Office for National Unity and Reconciliation are engaged in useful work.

The Minister had expressed these views when he met the UK Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs Elizabeth Truss at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.  (Colombo Gazette)

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  1. I have a message for Easwaran Rutnam, Professor G.L. Peiris, and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. You or your generations will not see Sri Lanka being developed as a developed country. Because you still do not have the knowledge to understand with whom you need to associate to compete with the world powers. I have noticed Easwaran Rutnam entertained Suren Surendiran but ignores people like me.

    Tamils constantly fail to find a solution to move forward because of incompetent leadership.

    The Sinhalese leaders proposed a solution of Federalism in 1926, but Tamil didn’t accept it. Please read ‘Federalism in South Asia’ by Mahendra Prasad Singh, Veena Kukreja, published in 2014. The Federal political solution debate is older than the post-colonial state itself. Federalism was discussed actively in Sri Lanka since 1926.

    The second opportunity came through the Indo-Lanka accord in 1987. The accord was expected to resolve the Sri Lankan civil war by enabling the thirteenth Amendment to the constitution of Sri Lanka and the Provincial Councils Act of 1987. Under the terms of the agreement, the Sri Lankan Government had agreed to a devolution of power to the provinces, the troops were to be withdrawn to their barracks. Unfortunately, Tamils were not evolved to accept the deal to move forward.

    The third opportunity came in 2002. Norway has been the facilitator of the peace process and led the Sri Lankan Monitoring Mission (SLMM). The government indicated it would make concessions over a Tamil homeland. The LTTE has been banned in many countries as a terrorist organisation and this was an opportunity to refashion their image into one of a political party. I had written letters to the Tamil diaspora and LTTE leaders to take the peace talks seriously, but they did not even bother to reply.

    The diaspora leaders had utterly failed to capitalise on the golden opportunities to save thousands of lives and unnecessary sufferings. They were keen on fulfilling western interests than find a solution for Tamils. Because of their self-centered midset and lack of geopolitical knowledge. I really do not believe that Tamils, Muslims, and Sinhalese have evolved enough to live in a developed country. Therefore, agony and suffering continue to be your middle names for many generations to come.

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