Commenting on the Sri Lankan government’s decision to tone down the Victory Day celebrations,Leader of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF), Father S.J.Emmanuel states that President Maithripala Sirisena is showing signs of an emerging patriot and statesman.
“The present government appears to have realized the folly of denying the right of remembrance to the Tamils, and has prudently decided to tone down the one-sided victory parade of the government and allow a commemoration of all the fallen in the war. It is a welcome move, a distant silver-line at the end of the tunnel, or at least as a first step, on the long road to achieving a peaceful future,” he said issuing a press release.
The GTF Leader added that President Sirisena does not seem to be repeating the mistakes of his predecessors and is appealing to all Sri Lankans to put the country and the people before political parties and seek a peaceful coexistence of all peoples.
“Some of his predecessors have publicly made serious and erroneous remarks about the Tamils. But by word and example, he is appealing to us all to put the country and the people before political parties and seek a peaceful coexistence of all peoples. The new government and the progressive forces from all communities are identifying some root causes, which ruined the county in the past and are able to identify the fundamentals for a peaceful coexistence of all. Unfortunately the forces of evil – racism, extremism, selfishness- are still at work.,” he said.
Father Emmanuel added that all Sri Lankans should act realistically and that they must not forget ‘the under-side or other side of realities’. He urged all Sri Lankan leaders to “redress as early as possible the grievances of those still mourning and still affected by the post-war actions of the government and its forces, to courageously making fundamental changes to our vision and structure of the state that was on during the last six decades of conflict and war and prevent future rebellion by creating concrete political, economic and social conditions equally for all people in Sri Lanka,” he said.