TNA appreciative towards govt.’s efforts

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Lord Naseby (Michael Morris) - Founder of the Sri Lanka Friendship Group in the UK Parliament/ All Party Parliamentary Group on Sri Lanka - today said there was a visible change in the TNA which is more willing, open and appreciative towards government’s efforts for devolution.

 “I met the TNA leader and he recognized that some good work is being done in Jaffna. However they do want civil administration to return. He told me clearly that he was committed to the 13th Amendment,” he said. 

He also said that he saw no need for a Parliamentary Select Committee since all parties had openly agreed to the 13th Amendment. “In the UK, Parliamentary Select Committees are appointed to waste time, when tough decisions have to be made. However in Sri Lanka it is now time for action—decisions have to be made and the process needs to begin,” he said adding that he would make this observation to President Mahinda Rajapaksa during a meeting scheduled for last evening.

After having visited the North he showed appreciation for the resettlement and de-mining process that was ongoing and expressed that the international community was unaware of the difficulties of this process. “I’m not sure if the international community understands the importance of the de-mining process or what a difficult process it is,” he said.

He said during his meeting with the President he would address the issue of Muslim IDPs too. “They have been left out of the agreement between the UNHCR and the government and I will talk to the President about the possibility of amending this agreement,” he said.
Lord Naseby was also of the view that the TNA was completely removed from any influence of the Global Tamil Forum or the British Tamil Forum. 

Commenting on the Channel 4 video he said it was not right for a public channel that was partially owned by the government to put out a documentary with such untruthful facts. He said he would also address the fact that Channel 4 had lobbied to the BBC to refrain from covering the Sri Lanka-England matches here.

During his visit he met with Government Ministers G.L. Peiris, Rauff Hakeem, Rishard Bathiudeen, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Basil Rajapaksa, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Douglas Devananda and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe. He also met the Jaffna Bishop, Northern Province Governor, Government Agent of Jaffna and Kilinochchi, Jaffna Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the British High Commissioner and made visits to Hambantota, Galle, Jaffna, Vavuniya and Kilinochchi.  (Dianne Silva)

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  • PETER Thursday, 05 April 2012 07:51 PM

    Even with some set back, govt of SL is taking good initiative for developing North and East. No one can deny it. Govt. has a responsibility to protect the country. It can't open everything immediately after defeating world most ruthless terror outfit.

    Saskia Thursday, 05 April 2012 09:39 PM

    I don't know what the actual purpose of your visit but, I know one thing for sure that tamils in SL and the most diaspora want the full implementation of LLRC and devolution of power to tamils. Thats all. I hope your government will help SL to achieve this.

    jeraj Friday, 06 April 2012 07:23 PM

    some thought's of Sri lanka Tamil's implemented rest is gradualy Srilanka is poor country not like Europe or USA .Srilanka wasted money for very long War

    Rajan Saturday, 07 April 2012 11:57 AM

    I have my doubts if he is an untold agent of Liam Fox

    xlntgson Sunday, 08 April 2012 03:02 PM

    TNA and the govt. talks stalmated manytimes, so are you there to felicitate?

    Jegan Friday, 06 April 2012 08:26 PM

    First remove military presence in N/E, merge N/E as one province, above all answer to the calls of victims of war in N.E who still have no idea if their kith and kins are alive or dead..wounds can be healed,but scar will remain.

    subbiah Friday, 06 April 2012 09:28 AM

    Thank you sir for your balanced outlook

    shantha madawela Friday, 06 April 2012 01:07 AM

    Are you living in this world...?

    Laksman Friday, 06 April 2012 11:33 AM

    It must be emphasised that 'devolution' must never be a foundation, a front, a hidden agenda or a beginning to claim for separation or eelam at a future date. Tamil Nadu politicians must leave Sri Lanka to manage their affairs independently without interfering and expressing their opinions. The Tamil "diaspora" in the west must stop tarnishing Sri Lanka for their selfish reasons. The vast sums of money collected by them should be sent to rehabilitate displaced people and the unemployed in the north and the east.

    manjula Friday, 06 April 2012 02:49 AM

    yeah, but It seems you are not living in this world.

    Lucksman Saturday, 07 April 2012 02:31 AM

    think its not a dream that will ever materialize.

    xlntgson Monday, 09 April 2012 04:33 AM

    Do something to keep the talks progress without deadlocks!

    jayasiri Saturday, 07 April 2012 08:50 AM

    13 Amendment is not welcome by majority of Sri Lankans because it was enforced to us by Indian pressure. TNA is moving towards positive side may be a fake.


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