Government Minister and National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa known to be an well known racist has strongly opposed South African mediation in Sri Lanka. He has opposed any rights to the minority in Sri Lanka and opposes the full implementation (13th amendment) of the constitution of the country. Weerawansa says having South Africa mediate in Sri Lanka would leave room for the internationalization of what he says should remain a domestic issue. He opposed holding of election in the North and implementation of the 13th amendment of the constitution of the country.
The president Rajapaksha in April 2009 promised the world leaders that he will implement more than the 13th amendment of the constitution( famous 13+ lie of Rajapaksha) if he is allowed to kill the LTTE. The world leaders thought that Rajapaksha was an honest man and turned away and let the Rajapaksha’s forces kill more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians and LTTE fighters in May 2009. The SL Army also killed more than 1000 LTTE leaders and their family members who surrendered with White flags after UN officials negotiated the surrender. Five years have passed and Rajapaksha is now refusing to implement even the 13th amendment of the constitution and is taking cover from China, Russia and Iran, which makes the world leaders who trusted his promise as bunch of idiots.
The Minister noted that some are of the view by agreeing to the demands of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to have South Africa as mediator between the TNA and the Government then the pressure exerted by the US resolution on Sri Lanka can be reduced. It is believed that he is of the view that if an international mediation allowed it will expose the racist policies of the government against the minorities and the government cannot continue to cheat the Tamils.
All previous talks between the Government and the Tamils have been wiped under the carpet by the government hence India forced the 13th amendment which gives some rights to Tamil minority. But it was never implemented and Sri Lanka is the only country in the world which does NOT implement the constitution of the country because it gives ‘some’ rights to the minority.
“Wigneswaran may want international mediation (so that the Tamil’s won’t be cheated again by the government) but for the Sri Lankan issue we (Sinhalese) don’t need international mediation,” he said. Weerawansa says the US will continue with its pressure on Sri Lanka no matter what happens and if the Government still persists with moves to have South Africa involved in the Sri Lankan issue then that will be seen as a serious issue.