Germany calls for political will to implement Sri Lanka’s 2015 promises

Germany believes its time for urgent action to implement the changes promised by the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government in 2015.

The government needed more focus and should  invest in political will to move forward with its announced reform agenda, the German Ambassador to Sri Lankan Jorn Rohde told  the “Sunday Island” yesterday.”Its time for urgent action to implement the changes promised in 2015.”

Acknowledging that successful steps had been  taken with regard to the Office of Missing Persons, Right  to Information and the Constitutional Assembly, he said that  important issues on constitutional reform pertaining to devolution of power, return of land to the war affected, replacing the Prevention of Terrorism Act with legislation in line with international standards  and effectively tackling corruption and impunity remained unresolved.

The Ambassador noted that the latest UNHRC resolution, which gave Sri Lanka two more years to implement its promises, had been co-sponsored by 47 nations besides Sri Lanka. “This is a record number and underlines the global support the new government enjoys for its reconciliation and democratic reform program,” he said.

A Sri lankan political analyst said that since independence from British rule on 4th of February 1948, successive Sri Lankan government leaders  dominated by the Sinhalese speaking people have used the ‘Racist card on minority Tamil community’ to win votes to form the government. Every single government has gone back on its promise to implement a political package to solve the problems of the minority.

The Sri Lankan government’s refusal to negotiate seriously with Tamil leaders or otherwise address legitimate Tamil and Muslim grievances is increasing ethnic tensions and damaging prospects for lasting peace. The administration, led by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party of Mahinda Rajapaksa, had refused to honour agreements with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), broken promises to world leaders and not implemented constitutional provisions for minimal devolution of power to Tamil-speaking areas of the north and east. Same is done by the new Maithiri-Ranil government who have promised the world leaders to implement a political solution but the world leaders are realising that even the new government if just bluffing and is intended to cheat the minority. Militarisation and discriminatory economic development in Tamil and Muslim areas are breeding anger and increasing pressure on moderate Tamil leaders.

Many believed that the end of the war and elimination of the separatist Tamil Tigers (LTTE) would open space for greater political debate and moderation among Tamils, while encouraging the government to abandon the hardline Sinhalese nationalism it had cultivated to support its war efforts and agree to devolve meaningful power to the majority Tamil-speaking northern and eastern provinces. While there has been an increase in democratic and moderate voices among Tamils, the government has failed to respond in kind.

Instead, it has adopted a policy of promising negotiations and expanded devolution in discussions with India, the U.S., and the UN Secretary-General, while denying these same things when addressing its Sinhala voting base. It has refused to negotiate seriously with TNA representatives, repeatedly failing to honour promises.

on February 4, 1948, Ceylon was granted independence as the Dominion of Ceylon. Dominion status within the British Commonwealth was retained for the next 24 years until May 22, 1972 when it became a republic and was renamed the Republic of Sri Lanka.

Britain’s dirty war on Tamils by Phil Miller.

In the following link you can read very deep research work done by Phil Miller on the topic. It has around 48 pages so it’s impossible to mention everything here. If you are interested to read about LTTE/SL Civil War then it’s worth reading. Ignore if you already read it.…

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