Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe met the Members of Parliament representing the Tamil community from the North and East this afternoon (21) at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo.
The discussions were focused on various important matters, including the provision of land rights for the people in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, the implementation of laws related to resettlement and reconciliation, and the challenges faced by Sri Lankans in refugee camps in India, the President’s Media Division (PMD) said.
Additionally, numerous issues concerning district development in the Northern and Eastern Provinces were addressed, the statement said.
The Members of Parliament from the Northern and Eastern Provinces, namely R. Sampanthan, S. Rasamanickam, G. Karunakaran, Mr.T. Kalai Arasan and Kulasingham Dileepan, were in attendance.
As the Sri Lankan government is planning to hold the presidential election next year, the southern political parties and international countries are secretly involved in trying to get the votes of the Tamil people.
Other notable figures present at the meeting included Justice and Prison Reforms Minister Dr. Wijayadasa Rajapaksha, State Minister for Higher Education Dr. Suren Raghavan, President’s Secretary Mr. Saman Ekanayake, Prime Minister’s Secretary Mr. Anura Dissanayake, Justice and Prison Reforms Ministry Secretary Mr. Wasantha Perera, Defence Ministry Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne (Retired), Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ms. Aruni Wijewardena, Secretary of the Ministry of Wildlife and Forest Conservation Ms. R. M.C.M. Herath, Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Lands Mr. H.M.P.B. Herath, as well as heads of institutions related to the reconciliation process, according to the PMD.