Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran today called for maximum devolution for the Tamil speaking people and warned that further delay to do so would change the dimensions of the problem further.
Wigneswaran said that the Government together with the International Community must come to a decision regarding the political aspirations of the Tamil speaking people.
Wigneswaran said this while speaking at an event held in Mullivaikal in the north to commemorate the victims of the final stages of the war.
“The Mullivaikal incident left indelible marks on the collective human conscience of our people. Human rights’ denied, media intervention refused, it was a war without witnesses. International organizations at that time seriously alleged the use of prohibited lethal weapons in the said war. International aid disregarded, local aid such as food and medicines denied, untruths uttered as to the number of people caught up in the tragic predicament, lives of innocent women, children and infants were sacrificed on this day here in Mullivaikal. Mullivaikal is no doubt a sad historical calamitous incident in our life,” he said.
Wigneswaran said that though International and Tamil organizations have been trying their best to involve the UN Human Rights’ Council to intervene and get justice for the victims of the final stages pf the war, there has not been any positive progress.
“Every time UN Human Rights’ Council have their meeting and the Tamils on their part expect positive results, ultimately there are only delays and postponements. Delayed justice is denied justice. It is our view that the International Community must do everything within their purview to procure Justice for those innocents who passed away during the last stages of the war.” he said.
Wigneswaran said that it is not punishment only for the perpetrators which the Tamils seek but the truth must be told and that is why the Northern Provincial Council earlier this year passed the Resolution on Genocide unanimously and made the world take note of what has actually happened.
He said that today the environment in Sri Lanka is much more positive and so without delay the country must work towards the all important goal of maximum devolution for the Tamil speaking people. (Colombo Gazette)