The Sunday Leader

Wigneswaran Wants Role In Reconciliation Process

By Easwaran Rutnam

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran yesterday called for his inclusion or that of a member of the Northern Provincial Council in the reconciliation process.

Speaking at an event attended by former President Chandrika Kumaratunga in Tellipalai, Wigneswaran said that the Tamils in the North have been agitating for their participation in the processes adopted for reconciliation.

“Reconciliation demands the participation of those affected freely and dignifiedly. Our participation does not mean our officials. They are beholder to the Centre. The political representatives of our people should be made to participate right from the beginning. Merely to look into the physical needs of our people is inadequate. Their feelings need to be assuaged,” he said.

Wigneswaran said the people in the North are critical about the preparation of the Peace Building Priority Plan Framework in that many matters that need to have been given adequate attention and importance have not been included therein.

“Our requests to bring us into the process fell on deaf ears. Even now it is not too late to include us. How would you implement the framework when the key stakeholder is not a part to it?                The framework has no reference to War Crimes’ accountability; there has been no reference to the inclusion of War Crimes jurisdiction into our Law, demilitarisation, high security zones, security sector reforms should have been included into the framework, the need to withdraw Prevention of Terrorism Act should have been reiterated and helped to be withdrawn,” he said.

Wigneswaran says the hardship of the Tamil people and their aspirations have not been adequately understood and there is a feeling of “serves them right” pervading the psyche of the powers that be.

4 Comments for “Wigneswaran Wants Role In Reconciliation Process”

  1. ra

    You are right sir. At the same time, by keeping silent, Mr.Sampanthan is misleading Tamils who elected TNA in which he is the leader. Keeping silence can lead Tamil people into a direction that Mr.Sampanthan does not want. If you cannot give leadership, please resign from your post if you have conscience.

  2. Park

    Has Wigneswaran run out of resolutions against SL Government? He is a Traitor to the Tamil cause and he does not want reconciliation. Its time he is kicked out his Chief Minister post. He should never be given a seat at the reconciliation meetings.

  3. Godaya

    Reconcilliation means two hostile parties make peace with each other for the common good and shared future. These two parties are the Sinhalease and the Tamils. Muslims are also hurt in the process and needs to be heard too.

    As at now none of these parties are represented.
    The process is run by foreign funded NGOs headed by an alcoholic Ex President, who rarely talks sense.

    Bring in all agrreived parties. Let them realise that at the end of the day everyone have to live together in this tiny island. Let the officials be just honest brokers and let the agrreved parties sort it out. Let each other acknowledge how much others had suffered and no one is totally innocent.
    It would not be pretty or painless. But that’s the only way to real reconcilliation.

    I don’t expect that to happen. But Sri Lanka is a blessed country and miracles had happnened before.

  4. UN HR in USA has stated 34 country wanted recons lance with in two years, if not srilanka will be isolated country in the west ran world, srilanka crime must expose and corruption billion ,by previous government,

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