Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian R. Sambandan presented the adjournment resolution in Parliament yesterday. Views were aired with regard to the prevailing situation in the North and East and the political solution.
Mr. Sambandan said that it was their obligation to work in unity sans party differences for the development of the country. The President made an announcement on 11th June 2006. They were open to the solution based on announcement. He stressed that they should consolidate Sri Lanka’s unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty. It could not be put into danger.
Deputy Ministers Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan and M.L.A.M. Hisbullah representing the Tamil civilians responded to the statement made by R. Sambanthan on the development mooted by the Government in areas in the North and East.
Mr. Muralitharan said he respected R. Sambanthan. But they are complicated with statements made by him from time to time. Development dividends given by the Government to the North and East cannot be underestimated. He requested him not to drag in ethnicity. As the Tamil polity can live in the South, the Sinhalese had the right to live in the North. He queried as to why the Tamil National Alliance opposes if a road was named after the President. He said there are many roads named after the Tamils. If the Saravanamuthu Stadium can remain in Colombo, he asked whether there could not be a Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium in Jaffna. The Kovil of Velupillai Prabhakaran’s grandfather is still there in Panadura. Sinhalese as well as the Tamils frequent it. He also queried as to why a temple cannot be built in Jaffna. There are close links between the Hindu and Buddhist religions. These are the principles that they should adhere to.
Deputy Minister M.L.A.M. Hisbullah said they can still remember the situation that prevailed in the past in the East. However in the past three years there was no conflict. Killings did not take place. The Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims are working in collaboration for the development of the East. They cannot endorse the statements made by R. Sambanthan on development. Mr. Hisbullah said he visited Jaffna after 16 years. A major change is now being witnessed. Such development was not at all witnessed in the past. In the past the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna was solely responsible for making attempts to find solutions to ethnic issues futile. They are traitors. As such Mr. Hisbullah said they were earnestly calling on the TNA not to elude the opportunity of finding a solution by collaborating with the JVP on this occasion.