Due to travel restrictions imposed in the northern provinces earlier this month by the Sinhala Government, all foreign passport holders now require a permit before travelling to these areas controlled by Sri Lankan forces. All movements of the visitors are watched by Military men in plain cloths on the street.
Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma who visited Jaffna yesterday has called for scaling down Sri Lankan Army’s role in the war—ravaged northern province to address the “legitimate concerns” of the Tamil population living in North of Sri Lanka.
“The steps that needed to be taken to empower the people affected by the conflict include addressing legitimate concerns about restricted and monitored movement of both the citizens of the province and those visiting them for lawful purposes,” “A continued reduction of the military role in civilian life in the (northern) province was important to see legitimate concerns of Tamils being addressed,”Mr. Sharma said after visiting Jaffna.
Earlier on Monday, Sharma met Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and discussed the reforms and objectives agreed upon at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013 that took place in Colombo last November, which have not been fulfiled as promised by the President Rajapaksa who is well known for NOT keeping his ‘promises’.
President Rajapaksa had promised the western world leaders in May 2009 that he will implement 13+ amendment to the countries constitution to give equal rights to the minority if he is allowed to kill the LTTE. The western world leaders turned away and with Pakistan and Chinese military help more than 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed with thousands of LTTE fighters in May 2009. But now President Rajapaksa known for NOT keeping his promises have refused to implement the country’s constitution in full which gives few rights to the minority of the country. His brother the defence ministry secretary has said that there in no need to give equal rights to the minority as the LTTE is killed and the western leaders are furious on the Sri Lankan government for cheating them with promises not kept.
President Rajapakshe is playing politics by taking side with China, Russia and anti US countries and challanging the Western countries in UN. It is reported that more than 1000 LTTE Leaders and their family members who surrendered with White Flag after UN negotiated the surrender were killed by the Sri Lankan forces after UN officers left the site which is ‘War Crime’.
Mr. Sharma, who is on a five-day official visit to Lanka, also criticised Sri Lankan Commissioner of Elections for lacking independence. The Commonwealth was looking forward to deploy a team of poll observers in Lanka’s presidential elections expected to be announced soon, he said. Mr. Rajapaksa is the current chair of the 54—nation body.
Sri Lankan Army fought a near three-decade-long civil war with the militants of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who wanted to create an independent Tamil state called Tamil Eelam in the north and the east of the island country after the Tamil Leaders failed to achieve any rights for the minority politically. The LTTE was defeated in May 2009 following the death of thousands of LTTE members and killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians by the Sri Lankan forces supported by Pakistan and China.
The last phase of the civil war in 2009 has led to widespread accusations of human rights violations by both the army and the LTTE militants, leading to a UN investigation into alleged war crimes. Sri Lankan government is refusing to allow the UN investigation team to investigate the ‘killing of Tamil Civilians’ obviously as it does not want the truth to be exposed to the world.