Sri Lankan govt must talk to us: TNA MP Sumanthiran on Gotabaya’s willingness to discuss with Tamil diaspora

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Tamil National Alliance’s Member of Parliament and Advocate M A Sumanthiran said that the Sri Lankan government must talk to us, the Tamil people’s representatives in the country, and settle the issue.  

While discussing the United Nations Human Rights Council’s oral update on Sri Lanka at Sri Lankan Parliament yesterday, Tamil National Alliance’s MP M A Sumanthiran says, “The problem with the Sri Lankan government seems to be its doublespeak. I have here with me a tweet by Gotabaya Rajapaksa on the 21st of July this year, when he says and I quote” we are committed to work with the UN to ensure accountability and Human development” he says work with the UN on accountability “and achieve lasting peace and reconciliation” and then he says “we are dedicated to resolving the issues and ensure justice and reconciliation by implementing necessary institutional reforms”.”

His speech continues, “We tweeted, re tweeted the president’s tweet and we said we welcome and assure our support to the president’s commitment to work with the UN on accountability. And we said awaiting further moves of the government in this regard because we know that you can await, and await and await and nothing comes about. 

Because it was in 2009, 26th of May, Mahinda Rajapakse made a joint statement with the visiting Secretary-General of the UN Ban Ki-moon in Kandy assuring him of certain inquiries that will be made. 12 years hence his brother Excellency, His Excellency Gotabaya Rajapakse says the same thing, and then the foreign ministry says “No” “we will not agree to any external mechanisms”. 

President says one thing, Tharaka Balasuriya perhaps going to reply to that but your minister says “he rejects the oral update and we cannot agree to any agreement with the UN on this. Now that’s a double speak. 

Similarly, the call by the President to talk to the Tamil Diaspora, we have welcomed it but on the 16th of July this year the President invited the TNA to come to talk with him and at the last minute he put it off, maybe there was some issue, and he sent two letters to us saying very soon we will fix another date, two months hence we are still waiting but he goes to the New York and he wants to talk to the Tamil Diaspora, we have welcomed it. All the very best to him. But he must talk to us, the representatives of the Tamil People here and settle this issue.”

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