Sunday, 20 April 2014 - 13:32
South Africa to intervene in Sri Lanka's matters
Diplomatic Sources state that the South African government is ready to enter in to a wide ranging programme concerning the reconciliation process.
South African President Jacob Zuma set the tone as Pretoria’s special envoy Cyril Ramaphosa, widely regarded as a future President, took the first step of holding talks with a delegation from the Tamil National Alliance.
He will arrive in Sri Lanka to continue the dialogue late next month or in early June after the elections to South Africa’s National Assembly, Provincial and Municipal councils on May 7th.
South Africa did not vote on the resolution against Sri Lanka at the recent Geneva sessions, which indicated that possibly it would intervene in the Sri Lankan situation.
South Africa which went through years of apartheid brought about peace through truth and reconciliation and is expected to push for a similar process in Sri Lanka.
However, it is a question as to whether nationalistic groups would consent to South Africa’s intervention.
Political Expert Dr Dayan Jayathilaka stated that this was advantageous to Sri Lanka.