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As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary-gen­eral and Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Counter-ter­ror­ism Com­mit­tee Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­torate(cted) Michele Coninsx met with the leader of the Tamil Na­tional Al­liance Mr Sam­pan­than in Colombo on Satur­day.

Mr. Sam­pan­than told her that “the Gov­ern­ment seems to have for­got­ten the fact that they cospon­sored th­ese res­o­lu­tions, but their ac­tions rarely fo­cused on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the res­o­lu­tion.

“We are un­happy with this sit­u­a­tion this is not good for the coun­try and cer­tainly not good for the United Na­tions. If a gov­ern­ment think that they can prom­ise any­thing to the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and com­pletely ig­nore and do as per their own wish, such ac­tions puts the very fun­da­men­tal pur­poses of the ex­is­tence of in­sti­tu­tions such as the United Na­tions in ques­tion added Mr. Sam­pan­than.

Mr. Sam­pan­than said that the gov­ern­ment had com­pletely aban­doned the unan­i­mously ap­proved res­o­lu­tion in Par­lia­ment to frame a new Con­sti­tu­tion. He also said that ac­tions of the gov­ern­ment go against achiev­ing rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and as­sur­ance of non­re­cur­rence be­comes very dif­fi­cult. “Non-com­mit­ment to­wards the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the UNHRC res­o­lu­tion

and the res­o­lu­tion passed in Sri Lankan Par­lia­ment to frame a new Con­sti­tu­tion shows that this gov­ern­ment is work­ing on a dif­fer­ent agenda,” he added.

Par­lia­men­tar­ian and TNA Spokesman M.A. Su­man­thi­ran high­lighted the his­tory of the ex­ist­ing dra­co­nian Preven­tion of Ter­ror­ism Act (PTA). “Re­peal­ing this Act is on one of the key mat­ters that this Gov­ern­ment promised to the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, but that prom­ise is yet to be ful­filled. There is a draft Coun­tert­er­ror­ism Act we have cer­tain con­cerns on that as well but that draft is also now not be­ing dis­cussed said­man­thi­ran.

Vi­o­lence against the Tamils un­leashed in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and in 1980s when we were ask­ing for our rights we were as­saulted ar­rested. Th­ese vi­o­lence was staged against the Tamil peo­ple well be­fore LTTE came into be­ing, Sin­hala lead­ers S.W.R.D. Ban­daranayake and Dud­ley Se­nanayake signed agree­ments with our leader S.J.V. Chel­vanayagam and they could not hon­our those agree­ments. Th­ese things hap­pened well be­fore LTTE came in to be­ing had they hon­oured those agree­ments we wouldn’t have had a war in this coun­try said Mr Sam­pan­than.

Con­sis­tency in con­tin­u­ous de­nial of our rights is against the United Na­tions Con­ven­tion on Civil and Po­lit­i­cal Rights, to­day we are ruled with­out our con­sent in this coun­try added Mr. Sam­pan­than. Fur­ther “we don’t want an­other war in this coun­try our peo­ple have suf­fered im­mensely due to the war, we don’t want any harm to hap­pen to Sin­hala peo­ple in this coun­try, but sadly this coun­try has been run by ex­treme el­e­ments and the Sin­hala lead­ers are not will­ing to con­trol th­ese el­e­ments said Mr. Sam­pan­than.

Adding Mr. Su­man­thi­ran brought to the no­tice of the As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Gen­eral how the Law is be­ing ap­plied dif­fer­ently to eth­nic groups in this coun­try and how sys­tem­at­i­cally the Sin­hala Buddhist ex­trem­ism has been al­lowed by the law en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties in this coun­try to do as they wish.

Fur­ther Speak­ing Mr. Sam­pan­than said, “we want a po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion within the frame­work of a united un­di­vided and in­di­vis­i­ble coun­try, if we do not get this then the Tamil peo­ple will be com­pelled to re­think their stance on their long­stand­ing de­mands”.

Mr. Sam­pan­than also urged the As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary-gen­eral to urge the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to play an ef­fec­tive and con­struc­tive role in hold­ing the gov­ern­ment ac­count­able for their com­mit­ments. As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary-gen­eral as­sured that in her rec­om­men­da­tion the con­cerns raised by the Tamil Na­tional Al­liance Lead­ers would be in­cluded.

The As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Gen­eral was Ac­com­pa­nied by the UN Res­i­dent Co­or­di­na­tor Ms Hanaa Singer, Le­gal Of­fi­cer Ms Adria, and Spe­cial As­sis­tant Ms Layla.

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