Questionnaire from Opposition Leader to government regarding talks held with Tamil Diaspora
The Opposition Leader stated in parliament today that the effort to build reconciliation would be crippled as Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera held discussions with LTTE proxies in London.
Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva stated this while referring to the discussions held between foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera and the Global Tamil Forum.
However, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said during a ceremony held at his ministry today that all Sri Lankan expatriates should act as one Diaspora.
The government has already decided to host a Diaspora conference at the end of this year.
The aim of this move is to obtain the expertise of the Diaspora for the development of the country.
The LLRC report has also pointed out the importance of the interaction with the Diaspora.
The Government also pointed out that there is a large number of Diaspora members who can contribute towards the development of the country.
Therefore, the foreign ministry stated that the country is able to tap into all these expertise and resources, irrespective of race, creed or any other differences.
TNA MP M.A. Sumandiran also joined in Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera during his discussions with Suren Surendran of Global Tamil Forum in London.
After the discussion, Suren Surendran of Global Tamil Forum and M.A. Sumandiran of TNA issued a joint statement.
In their statement, the duo said the resettlement problems in the North and the East as well as the prisoners detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act were discussed during the meeting with the foreign minister.
It also stated that the discussions were focused on removing certain proscriptions imposed on the Diaspora organizations by the previous government.
Meanwhile, Nava Sama Samaja Party leader Dr. Wickramabahu Karunarathna says having discussions with the Tamil Diaspora by the Foreign Minister is a positive accomplishment.
At the same time, our news team enquired Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith P. Perera about holding talks with Tamil Diaspora, and the government’s decision to host a Diaspora conference.
The Deputy Minister said that the Diaspora would be allowed to involve in the country’s affairs under the pre-condition of giving up separatism.