Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran discusses concerns on funds with President

Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran met President Maithripala Sirisena today and discussed concerns on funding for the North.

Wigneswaran told reporters in Colombo today that the President had responded positively to his concerns.

The Chief Minister also told reporters that the heavy military presence in the North even after the war between the LTTE and the military ended in May 2009, is a concern for the Tamils in the area.

He said if the Government is seriously concerned about security in the area then the police presence can be increased.

Wigneswaran, who has been branded as an extremist by some politicians in Colombo, insisted that he is not attempting to divide the country but wants recognition for the issues faced by the Tamils and respect for their culture.

Wigneswaran, who was elected as Chief Minister of the north in 2013 through the Tamil National Alliance, has since joined the Tamil People’s Council, a new alliance which is pushing for more urgent action on issues faced by the Tamils.

The Chief Minister however said that while he has differences of opinion with some members of the Tamil National Alliance, both parties are pushing for the same cause.

He said that some people in the South of the country have failed to understand the core issues faced by the Tamils.

Wigneswaran said that instead of addressing the core issues some people are raising concerns that the LTTE may regroup in the North and launch another war.

He insisted that the victims of the war must be respected and a political solution must be given to the Tamils through a new Constitution. (Colombo Gazette)