TNA and Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan urged the two US congressmen who were visiting Sri Lanka, that their government must hold the Sri Lankan government accountable for the commitments they have made to the international community particularly with regard to the full implementation of the co-sponsored UNHRC Resolution.
US Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen and Henry Cuellar arrived in the country on Wednesday and met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan on Thursday.
During the meeting held with the Opposition Leader, he had said that Sri Lankan government could not evade from its responsibility of fulfilling its commitment made to the international community.
Briefing on the progress of the framing of new Constitution Mr. Sampanthan said there was undue delay in the process and both the UNP and SLFP were holding on to their political future than looking at interest of the country.
“After obtaining the majority vote in parliament, the new Constitution must be approved by the people at the referendum. This opportunity should not be missed and I’m not speaking only on behalf of Tamils but for the whole Sri Lanka and its people,” he added.
Issuing a statement, the TNA said Mr. Sampanthan had stressed that the Sinhala political leaders must go out and campaign on the new constitution which is based on united and indivisible Sri Lanka.
“If they do so, not only this process would end in success but also it will clear all the unwarranted doubts that sections of the people have in their minds,” he said.
He said that or 50 per cent of the Tamil population had left the country due to this unresolved national question and if we don’t find a reasonable solution more people will leave. “We don’t want that to happen,” he added.
Speaking on the unemployment among the youths, Mr. Sampanthan highlighted that the government appears to have no concrete mass jobs. He requested the delegates to initiate proposals in this regard and to support the young people of the country. (KJ and SF)
whtvr Saturday, 12 August 2017 04:30 PM
US can't even stick to promises it's own population, more than 50 million US citizens live in absolute poverty,US or the western nations do not hold any voice in the asian region, these nations emerging as crony democracies and capitalism are buried for good.As for Tamil folks of SL, they're welcome to return to India or where ever they could find their culture and origins of "roots" or refuge where ever their choice.If they prefer to live in this beautiful landscape amicably, should learn to be part of the community and learn the majority way of life instead of trying harder to be a "Bunch of Bullies". They're can't seek a rights within India instead they choose to cry foul in a neighouring island, what a bunch of cowards, looks around the global communities learn few things instead stating historic inaccuracies.
Real Peace Saturday, 12 August 2017 05:23 PM
Very well said, Mr Sampanthan
kumaran Saturday, 12 August 2017 05:27 PM
Its a disgrace, how these Tamil "leaders" run crying to the international community pleading for their intervention to resolve problems!! They are looking up and spitting!!And these U.S Reps have nothing else to do, like the U.N employees nut to pretend to be important!! The important U.S Reps are all in the U.S., trying to sort out their own mess created by Trump, Obama, the Clintons and the N.Koreans and the Chinese and the Russians. All that Sampanthan is doing is alienating the Sinhalese and the Tamils even further! Disgraceful.
BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 14 August 2017 09:12 AM
You fight a war for 30 years to deny genuine autonomy within a united SL to a section of your own citizens with massive destruction to human and economy of the country. Then you handover the whole Hambantota area to the Chinese for 99 years at 85% power and now you do not know who is spitting looking up.
Sheri Saturday, 12 August 2017 05:32 PM
Same old lament! This is what they whinge about to foreigners to gain sympathy! If 50% have left the country - obviously as economic refugees - the other 50% are in Colombo, living happily and enjoying life! So stop whingeing man!
BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 14 August 2017 09:14 AM
Economic refugees my foot, they escaped with just their lives in 1977, 1983
observer Saturday, 12 August 2017 06:37 PM
Just because these two happens to visit SL what makes you think US is interested in our commitments.They have bigger issues on their plate.
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