On 29 July 1987, Indo-Sri Lanka Accord was signed between Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Sri Lankan President J.R. Jayewardene which stated the devolution powers to the provinces. Hence on 14 November 1987 the Sri Lankan Parliament passed the 13th Amendment to the 1978 Constitution of Sri Lanka and the Provincial Councils Act No 42 of 1987 to establish provincial councils. The Thirteenth Amendment (13A) to the Constitution of Sri Lanka is amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka which created Provincial Councils in Sri Lanka. This also made Sinhala and Tamil as the official language of the country and English as link language.
After 28 years had gone but to date the Tamil is NOT used as a official language in most of the councils and the Northern and Eastern councils are NOT allowed to run independently as they are dominated by Tamils. The governor if the Northern council is a Military commander. The Lands in North are forcefully taken over by the Sri Lankan Military which has more than 98% Sinhalese.
The Northern council is dominated by Sinhala soldiers who would go back to there camps when ever a foreign leader visits Northern province and make the deplomats say that they did not see many Army.
Due to high number of Sinhala forces working in the Northern province the district looks like a Militarised State. More than 40,000 Tamil Civilians were killed in May 2009 by the Sinhala forces and Tamils have been abducted and killed by the para military run by the Government forces.
Last week a meeting of Missing persons parents were disrupted by Buddhist monks with the help of the police. The parents of the missing children were threatened by these monks and have been waned that they will be killed if they give witness tio the UN inquiry.
We have implemented all the other provisions in the 13th Amendment except granting police powers, but the TNA is still going round the world dwelling on this one issue rather than settling down and serving the people with what they have. The TNA is only using the 13th Amendment and Human Rights as an excuse, but they have done nothing for the development of the North which the people voted them in to do,” he added.
His comments came as a TNA delegation visited India last week for talks with Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and Foreign Minister, Sushma Swaraj.
When asked if the government was concerned regarding the visit of the TNA to India, Rambukwella told The Sunday Leader that the government has had to go through worse difficulties and opposition, and the latest move by the TNA is being viewed as another futile effort by them to disrupt the government’s development drive. “The time will come when the Tamil people who voted for them will realize that the TNA has only been engaging in slinging mud at the government and had not delivered on any of the promises they had made.
They claim to not be able to work without police powers but in that case how are the other provincial councils functioning? They can complain to anyone regarding the non provision of the police powers but we will not cow down to their pressures. The people will realize their agenda before long and these parties will perish,” Rambukwella declared. He said the government is steadfast in its drive to develop the country and safeguard the hard fought peace, and it will not allow anyone to obstruct that drive or create turmoil once again.
The Sinhala government have discriminated against the minority Tamils since independence from British and are determined to continue with the racist policies. This racist policies made the Tamils who had tried through the parliament to take arms.