TNA questions the House on V-Day

SANATHIThe Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today questioned parliament as to why only soldiers killed during the war are commemorated on Victory Day (V-Day) on May 18 and not the Tamil civilians who were also killed.

TNA General Secretary Mavai Senathirajah, speaking in parliament on the no-confidence motion against the Government, said that there will be no meaning to the word reconciliation in Sri Lanka if even parliament cannot commemorate Tamil victims of the war.

Senathirajah slammed the Government for using the military to block families of those killed in the north from going to the Temple to pray for their relatives.

However interrupting his speech, Government MP Sarath Weerasekera insisted that the Government never prevented families of civilians killed during the war from commemorating the dead.  He said that the ban was only on commemorating LTTE cadres killed during the war.

Senathirajah however noted that even the Jaffna university was closed by the Government last week to prevent the students from holding remembrance events for the civilians killed during the war.

He said that by blocking even Hindu religious events from taking place the Government, which has been accused of being involved in the drugs trade, is also involved in targeting religious minorities.

Several Government MPs however continuously obstructed the TNA MP during his speech. Meanwhile TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran said that the English and Sinhala translations in parliament of the speech made by Senathirajah was not accurate.

Sumanthiran said that the translation was of poor quality and urged the Chair to take appropriate action. (Colombo Gazette)