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Lanka not serious on political settlement: US Senator

[The Hindu Businessline, Wednesday, 25 February 2009 08:24 One Comment]

s-BOB-CASEY-large Even as Sri Lanka has virtually wiped out the LTTE in the north, an influential US lawmaker accused Colombo of not being serious in addressing the issues of the Tamils and arriving at a political settlement.

“So far, there are few indications that a political deal is imminent. Sri Lanka will not negotiate directly with the LTTE. But it does not appear as though the government has much interest in finding alternative Tamil interlocutors nor have the Tamils pr esented a credible alternative to the LTTE,” Senator Bob Casey said yesterday.

 

Mr Casey, who is the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, was speaking at a hearing on the recent developments in Sri Lanka.

He said while the government “frames its war against the LTTE as a war against terror, there exists a broader ethnic conflict between the minority Tamils and majority Sinhalese that has spanned for decades”.

“Should the war end and the broader Tamil population continue to face systematic discrimination by and inadequate representation in the Sri Lankan national government,

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  • Gita Sathianathan said:

    Dear Senator,
    At this point UN or other military intervention is urgently needed to
    pull out Srilankan Military troops from the region and to establish an
    interim state or regional government with full administrative powers
    to the Tamils in the North and East to rehabilitate and reconstruct the lives of the Tamils. A Constitutional amendment is essential to share power with the Tamil community who have had Srilanka has their homeland since the days of Solomon and the Greek Empire.
    This is best done by having a three tier constitution one for Sri Lanka as a union and one for the Buddhist Sinhala and another secular
    constitution for Tamils (Northeast region) and Sri Lanka having two regional assemblies and a parliament like in many federated countries.
    The solution is a permanent constitutional amendment and military oversight by the international community to help Tamils regain their rights to live as citizens of a free and fair world.