Northern Provincial Council (NPC) Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, in his inaugural address today said the Tamil people had rejected separatism and violence in any form and this should be clearly understood by people in the South.
The Northern Provincial Council had its inaugural session in a building at Kaithady in Jaffna after a grand ceremony conducted in accordance with Hindu cultural rituals.
Soon after the unanimous election of the Chairman and the Vice Chairman, Mr. Wigneswaran, a former Supreme Court Judge, said that internal self-determination was possible within a united Sri Lanka. He said his administration would extend a hand of friendship to the Central Government with the expectation of its reciprocal commitment.
Mr. Wigneswaran called for the replacement of the present northern governor with a civil official who understands the needs and aspirations of the Tamil people. Asserting that Muslims who were evicted from the North would be rehabilitated as a foremost task under his administration, he said people who were never residents of the North should not be resettled in the province under state-sponsored colonization schemes.
Mr. Wigneswaran recalled the assurances given by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on May 26, 2009 to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon that there would be a power devolution arrangement building upon the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.
Referring to his remarks during the election campaign that slain LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran was a liberation fighter, he said some people had been outraged by his remarks whereas some others had commended it.
Mr. Wigneswaran said it was because of people viewing situations from different perspectives. He recalled how Weera Keppetipola who rebelled against the colonial rule was dubbed as a traitor by the white rulers whereas Weera Kepptipola was a national hero for the Sinhala people.
“In war and competition, it happens. It can be alleviated by fostering understanding and love between the two communities,” Mr. Wigneswaran said and added that his administration was prepared to build bridges between the North and the South.
He said in the pursuit of a political solution as a long term target priority would be given to the rehabilitation of the war-affected areas, addressing land issues of people and matters relating to law and order.
Mr. Wigneswaran said the dearth of Tamil-speaking police officers was a matter of concern and attention would be paid to address it. He said police officers would be trained with regard to the powers available with the provincial council under the 13th Amendment. (Kelum Bandara)
Comments - 19
Kiris Baba Amaray Saturday, 26 October 2013 12:26 PM
March forward Gentleman, we are with you. Take your own decision without consulting TNA (Pro-LTTE), then you could be like Mahinda Rajapakshe, the great leader.
Lima Friday, 25 October 2013 10:10 AM
CORRECT , ARMY TO BARRACK, TO APPEAR WHEN WAR DECLARED , WHAT IS THE USE OF ARMY FOR CIVIL PURPOSE , WHY ARMY PERSON AS GOVERNOR , HE DOES NOT UNDERSTAND CIVI ADMIN WORK AS THEY HAVE ONE THING IN MIND , SHOOT TO KILL
Andrew Pitugala Friday, 25 October 2013 10:17 AM
Seelawathie Friday, 25 October 2013 10:23 AM
Why ?. Was he happy when Prabakaran was rulling the North ?.
Nishantha Saturday, 26 October 2013 05:03 AM
Not dream. Wait and see....!
banda Friday, 25 October 2013 12:29 PM
Very true. Give him a chance. Same can be told for Mr Rohana Wijeweera.
Muthur-Guy Saturday, 26 October 2013 08:34 AM
M suri you should read the news well, there is difference between buying property (for money) and state sponsored colonization
anura Saturday, 26 October 2013 08:40 AM
Give this chief minister a chance to get settled without poisoning him against the Sinhalese in the South. Never forget that the majority of Tamils live in other parts of Srilanka without any trouble. No other province has police or land powers. So ,northern province is not different. No point in asking for the Sun and the Moon ,when it is not possible.
lkboy Friday, 25 October 2013 08:20 AM
So what about the fishermen's burning problems?
M. suri Friday, 25 October 2013 01:11 PM
What about Tamils never lived in other parts of the country buying properties and living in the South?
Saskia Friday, 25 October 2013 08:29 AM
In North, the army involves everywhere even in civil administration like land registering for the new settled Sinhalees. This is rently happened in Navatkully (Jaffna district). We have chosen you to remove the army or block them in involving civil matters.
Thomas Saturday, 26 October 2013 09:54 AM
Cobra Friday, 25 October 2013 01:31 PM
Well said Sir!
nalaka Friday, 25 October 2013 01:51 PM
dream dream dream in your dream land
mohanan Saturday, 26 October 2013 10:52 AM
The right person to lead
Kiris Baba Amaray Friday, 25 October 2013 02:27 PM
Good statement, it is time for your to join with MR's Govt. and start your developments rather than being a slave to your dirty TNA politicians.
Kiris Baba Amaray Friday, 25 October 2013 02:30 PM
You will be the right Leader for the North in future as you are flexible and much educated in the political arena. Wish you good luck Sir.
ja Saturday, 26 October 2013 12:07 PM
Anura, This chief minister is not asking anything away from sri lankas constitution .. please understand that first ...
Ron Monday, 28 October 2013 10:56 AM
If Tamils can come and live ANYWHERE in the South, why can't Sinhalese live in the North? Can you give me a simple answer to that?
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