Canada, home to the biggest Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora, has urged Sri Lanka to lift the state of emergency imposed during the onslaught on the Tamil Tigers.
Urging Colombo to ease restrictions and work for reconciliation with the Tamil community, Ottawa also urged speedy resettlement of the displaced Tamils.
Canadian Foreign Affairs Parliament Secretary Deepak Obhrai, in his meeting with Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner Chitranganee Wagiswara, urged Colombo to heal the wounds by starting the process of reconciliation with the Tamil community.
“After 30 years of war, reconciliation is crucial for lasting peace in Sri Lanka. The government of Canada awaits to see what steps the government of Sri Lanka will take towards this reconciliation,” Obhrai said after the meeting.
He said Canada welcomes the return of about 160,000 internally displaced people to their homes.
But Sri Lanka also needs to speed up the "safe return and resettlement of the approximately 100,000 individuals who remain displaced,'' he said.
Obhrai, who visited Colombo immediately after the conflict ended last year, urged Sri
Lanka to allow access to NGOs and the media to Tamil camps and resettlement areas and pursue coordination with humanitarian agencies and donors.
Seeking an end to the emergency in the island nation, he said there was no justification for restrictions now that the conflict is over.
After the decimation of the Tamil Tigers last year, Canada has become a rallying point for the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora as it is home to over 300,000 Tamils - the biggest group outside Sri Lanka.
At its height, the LTTE drew much of its funding from the diaspora in Canada. The outfit was banned here in 2006, making contributions to it illegal.
(Indo Asian News)
Comments - 25
Saturday, 13 March 2010 12:38 AM
WHY DONT CANADA GOVT TAKE OVER SRI LANKA AND RULE ACCORDING TO WHITE MAN LAW OF LAND
Saturday, 13 March 2010 12:47 AM
How many thousands of Tamils were inside jails with out any inquiry for several years.Who is going to help to these poor Tamils ?
Saturday, 13 March 2010 10:07 AM
new LTTE state Canada can bite me!
Saturday, 13 March 2010 01:07 AM
Canada has absolutly nothing to get form Kohona
Saturday, 13 March 2010 01:19 AM
Now Canada has joined the Miliband/Clinton bandwagon in interfering with SL sovereignity. We can only tell Canada to piss off.
Sunday, 14 March 2010 10:22 AM
When Canada sees sense why you people are so scared reluctance to return to Sri Lanka to do farming, fishing and agriculture!
Friday, 12 March 2010 06:59 AM
All countries will do like this if democracy dead
Friday, 12 March 2010 07:02 AM
How can Canada on one hand preach about reconciliation and on the other hand stop Dr. Paliyha Kohona speaking at the University of Toronto by giving away to what is left of the LTTE
Saturday, 13 March 2010 02:20 AM
But Naushad... what couldnt you achieve because of Emergency as a peace loving citizen? Couldn't carry out drug dealing or what?
Friday, 12 March 2010 07:23 AM
He is talking sense. What is the need to have emergency rule when the only threat we had, the LTTE, has been eliminated. This should have been done long ago and we could have avoided comments of this nature from the international community.
Saturday, 13 March 2010 02:31 AM
Please canada do not help this govenment.there is no democrasy in this country
Friday, 12 March 2010 07:58 AM
Palitha Kohona represents a repressive regime.
Friday, 12 March 2010 02:16 PM
those are the guys who tried to put the govt in trouble even in the times of LTTE dominance....now sheding crocadile tears about our democracy
Friday, 12 March 2010 02:27 PM
So the High Comissioner went to see the minister to sort out the Palitha Kohana matter and then had some "advise"? thats what I read from this story ha ha ha
Saturday, 13 March 2010 04:14 AM
Yeah! don't tell us to do this and than ONLY give us aid and that's your duty. Do you hear Canada?
Friday, 12 March 2010 03:09 PM
Well said. Why we should have EMERGENCY, if we have annihilated the TERRORISTS? Find a solution to Tamils problems as promised during election speeches
Saturday, 13 March 2010 05:45 AM
What gemntlymen do is , mind their own business.BUT.....
Friday, 12 March 2010 04:06 PM
Canada, you have touched the nerve center of power hungry politiciens.
Friday, 12 March 2010 04:21 PM
First of all does he know what it is ???????
May be Canadian elections are getting closer!!!
Friday, 12 March 2010 04:29 PM
Canadian government did not listen our defence secretary statement what he said if not shame put the finger we don't need your advice we have expert more than what you think
Friday, 12 March 2010 04:37 PM
who are you to talk about our country
Friday, 12 March 2010 05:15 PM
No Naushad, the emergency was against the SL govt who was fighting with the democratic, humanitarian, peaceful LTTE. It is still needed since the Govt. is still there.
Friday, 12 March 2010 05:09 AM
Well said Canada
Friday, 12 March 2010 05:37 AM
Canada stay away from Sri Lanka, we can look after our affairs, you guys tried to ruin us by funding LTTE and now what do you want??
Friday, 12 March 2010 05:39 AM
Why cant these people leave us alone! Bunch of big bullies. No one talks about their actual violations.
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