Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has said further devolution of power won’t solve the problems faced by the Tamil community. Rajapaksa said he wasn’t aware of any country where problems had been solved with the help of devolution of power.
Although more than 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed and Tamil girls were raped in May 2009 alone he said that those who had faulted the Rajapaksa administration for not addressing post-war issues had conveniently forgotten how practical measures were taken to provide relief to the Tamil people who were made to live in refugee camps.
The former Defence Secretary urged Viyathmaga activists to play an active role in the ongoing campaign to educate people on the growing threats to post-war Sri Lanka.
The war veteran said that those who were now campaigning for a new Constitution had earlier opposed a military solution. Some countries, too, had also claimed that the LTTE couldn’t be defeated, Rajapaksa said. On the pretext of guise of promoting post-war reconciliation some element were all out to change the Constitution, he said.
In spite of the Indo-Lanka Accord of July 1987, it hadn’t been able to set up the Northern Provincial Council until Sept. 2013, five years after the conclusion of the war, Rajapaksa said. He did not talk about the promised 13+ amendment to constitution by Mahinda as it was a political falles promise made by Mahinda to fool the some Tamil leaders.
Rajapaksa repeatedly insisted that further devolution and constitutional reforms weren’t solutions to the problems faced by the people hence gave the hint that he and his brother who had played the racist card on Tamils and Muslims will oppose any devolution and constitutional reforms.
The former Defence Secretary said the rehabilitation of 12,000 LTTE cadres and an end to the forcible conscription of child soldiers had been significant achievements, but refused to talk on the killing of more than 40,000 Tamil civilians and killing of more than 1,000 LTTE Leaders and their family members who surrendered with White flag after UN negotiated the surrender.