A well known expatriate Tamil writer in London has revealed the statement made by UNP Parliamentarian Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena and Dr. Wickramabahu Karunaratne during a meeting with the Tamil Diaspora.
Rajeshwari Subramaniam had joined in this related discussion. She had revealed information of this meeting to the Asian Tribune website. She disclosed that Wickramabahu Karunaratne had told the meeting that more 100 thousand Tamil civilians were killed in the Northern operation. He said if this statement was rejected, he was prepared to challenge it. Rajeshwari Subramaniam further queried as to why Sinhalese politicians such as Jayalath Jayawardena and Wickramabahu Karunaratne were expressing provocative views. She had also queried as to why they were demanding to reject the arrival of the Sri Lankan President who had assumed power with a majority vote.
They had summoned this meeting a week before the President’s arrival that is on the 25th of November. Mrs. Subramaniam further said that Dr. Jayawardena had pointed out that sanctions should be imposed to penalize the Sri Lankan Government, and the Government be summoned before an International Judiciary for killing more than 100 thousand civilians. She revealed that about 30 Tamil members had attended this meeting. The statistics put forward by Dr. Jayawardena and Dr. Karunaratne were frequently challenged. Their intention was to prevent the President’s path. A Sinhala woman who attended this meeting had deplored the proposal made by Dr. Jayawardena for the imposition of sanctions. Another woman had announced that rehabilitated tiger cadres serving in Garment factories had lamented over the withdrawal of the GSP facility. Rajeshwari Subramaniam had noted that the UNP Parliamentarian had told her not to shed tears on Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka. In response she had said that it was the UNP which masterminded the communal disturbances in 1983.