‘Palihakkara worse than retd. Maj. Gen.’

‘Palihakkara worse than retd. Maj. Gen.’

LTTE groups oppose appointment of civilian governor

1182037370DI-P-01-24-01-(RE)-vna--FINAL-17By Shamindra Ferdinando

France-based head of Tamil Centre for Human Rights S.V. Kirubaharan has strongly opposed the appointment of one-time Foreign Secretary H. M. G. S. Palihakkara the Governor of the Northern Province.

Kirubaharan in an article posted on his website under the caption, Future of Tamils under President Sirisena, Foreign Minister Samaraweera and Northern Governor Palihakkara, has alleged that the life under the former Foreign Secretary would be worse than that of the incumbent Maj. Gen. (retd.) G. A. Chandrasiri.

Palihakkara has accepted the post, though he is yet to receive the appointment.

Kirubaharan has also found fault with Palihakkara for being a member of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).

He has asserted that Palihakkara would cause more damage to the TNA-run Northern Provincial Council administration more than Maj. Gen. Chandrasiri.

Kirubaharan has been an LTTE representative for several decades after having succeeded France-based Lawrence Thilakar in the 80s.

Kirubaharan is believed to have spoken for pro-LTTE elements both here and abroad.

A government official said Palihakkara and some of his colleagues had incurred the wrath of Kirubaharan many years because they had thwarted his attempts to gain UN recognition for his outfit, Tamil Centre for Human Rights.

The TNA threw its weight behind the Opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena at the presidential poll. It is also represented in the National Executive Council (NEC) headed by President Maithripala Sirisena.