TNA lauds President
By Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake
Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) MP M.A. Sumanthiran praised President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday (22) over his invitation to the Tamil Diaspora for discussion and congratulated him on his efforts. Speaking in Parliament, Sumanthiran said they welcomed the President’s stance.
“However, on 16 July, the President invited the TNA for discussions and at the last minute he put it off, may be due to an emergency. He sent us two letters saying that we will have discussions with him very soon. But two months after that, we are still waiting for that discussion,” Sumanthiran said. “Now the President says that he is ready to hold discussions with Tamil Diaspora. We welcome it. That is very good and all the very best to him.
But he must discuss with us first, the representatives of Tamil people in Sri Lanka and settle the issue here,” he noted. Furthermore, Sumanthiran claimed that there is a problem with the current Government regarding double talk. “On 21 July the President tweeted ‘we are committed to work with the UN to ensure accountability and human development to achieve lasting peace and reconciliation.
We are dedicated to resolving the issues within the democratic and legal frame to ensure justice and reconciliation by implementing necessary institutional reforms.’ We welcomed this remark immediately.” We (TNA) retweeted saying we welcome and support the President’s commitment to work with the UN on accountability and human development for peace, justice and reconciliation and also to make institutional reforms.
We also said that we are awaiting further moves of the Government in this regard because, “Whenever the Government takes a progressive steps we commend and support it. But there were times we had to await and await for something progressive to happen and nothing was happened. In 2009, the then President Mahinda Rajapaksa made a joint statement with Banki Moon regarding the same thing. After 12 years his brother says the same thing.
But now, the Foreign Ministry says the Opposite. Foreign Ministry says that they reject the Oral Statement regarding Sri Lanka presented in Geneva recently. The President says one thing and the foreign Ministry says another thing. This is double talk,” he stressed.