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By N. Parameshwaran


Government Minister and General Secretary of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) Patali Champika Ranawaka apologized to the Tamil community in Jaffna this morning for the burning down of the Jaffna library several years ago by members of his community.

The Minister, who expressed these views after handing over some books at the library, seemed to be referring to the Sinhalese community and was looking at mending fences between the Tamils and Sinhalese with the end of the war.

Newly appointed JHU leader the Venerable Omalpe Sobitha thero and several other JHU members were also present. (Daily Mirror online)
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  • Monday, 21 June 2010 08:09 AM

    THAT'S GREAT CHAMPIKA. HATS OFF TO YOU.

    Monday, 21 June 2010 08:14 AM

    Real apology should com from UNP; not from you. Anyway your words are highly appreciated.

    Monday, 21 June 2010 08:22 AM

    People do not always mean what they say!!

    Monday, 21 June 2010 09:01 AM

    Well done Champika, brave and good step forward.

    Monday, 21 June 2010 09:17 AM

    Well, The whole of Sinhala community cannot be faulted for burning of Jaffna Library which was done be UNP goons but nevertheless it is a good gesture. Likewise i suppose that Tamil community would also apologise for all the suicide attacks, bombs and attacks on Sinhala villages. Also the Tamil diaspora hopefully would apologise for funding Tamil terrorists. Last of all India who nurtured the tamil terrorists hopefully would now have realised their mistake and we an apology from them.

    Monday, 21 June 2010 04:25 PM

    He should apologise for all his utterences.

    Monday, 21 June 2010 09:28 AM

    to get political sympathy ? lets move forward and the leave the past for history ! pls

    Monday, 21 June 2010 09:39 AM

    at last, someone had the nuts to admit and apologize. one good step.

    Monday, 21 June 2010 09:46 AM

    good move. ....... for sri lankans. yes. we , as a sri lankans apologise for that regret incident

    Monday, 21 June 2010 10:11 AM

    Crocodile tears is not going to solve the country's problem. Where is the solution?

    Monday, 21 June 2010 10:29 AM

    No point in apologising now, do something good for Tamils in Jaffna.

    Monday, 21 June 2010 06:49 AM

    This is a magnanimous gesture & more such genuine interaction between the two major communities is needed to heal deep wounds.

    Monday, 21 June 2010 06:49 AM

    At last. A good move. Its a shame that politicians at that time were different.

    Monday, 21 June 2010 06:52 AM

    A Good Start!!

    Monday, 21 June 2010 06:55 AM

    Mr. Ranawaka. No more elections this year.

    Monday, 21 June 2010 06:57 AM

    What does he mean by "by members of his community"? Why can't these extremists think as Sri Lankans now at least?? There were such grave mistakes occurred in the past. No excuses at all, for both ethnic groups, mainly for Sinhalese regarding the start of the war. However it is high time to forget these black incidents, and to start thinking collectively as a nation. Please do not discriminate people of Sri Lanka.

    Monday, 21 June 2010 06:57 AM

    Why dig up the the past now.

    Monday, 21 June 2010 06:58 AM

    what about those killing of civilians during the past 30 years and specially during the last phase of war in 2009. When and who will apologizes for it.

    Monday, 21 June 2010 07:02 AM

    he should understand that a physical burn mark is possible to erase but a mental burn mark is difficult to erase...

    Monday, 21 June 2010 07:03 AM

    Mr. Ranawaka was never a racist. He only hated the terrorists and not the Tamils

    Monday, 21 June 2010 07:03 AM

    "better late than never"

    Monday, 21 June 2010 07:04 AM

    First JVP went to North and attempted to show that they are very worried about the way how tamil community is being treated. Now, JHU too want to win the hearts of tamils. This is a real competition, but not genuine. However It is good at least after 27 years they realised the truth and apologised. This is typical Sri Lankan politics. But do not try to fool tamils again. Library was burnt and now re-built.Give solutions to their burning problems.

    Monday, 21 June 2010 11:03 AM

    This is part of healing the old wounds. The war has ended and if we really want to see true peace and reconsiliation we have to heal the wound in all levels. Lots of Tamils like myself are also ashamed for what the LTTE had done in the name of "TAMILS". Especially when they raided smail villages and massacared the Singalese in the name of peace. I as a Tamil would like to say sorry to those who were affected by LTTE in the past. Let's move on and bring prosparity and harmoney in Sri Lanka.

    Monday, 21 June 2010 07:08 AM

    This is good start. I appreciate if the words came from your heart. The day when we win other communities heart thats the real victory day.

    Monday, 21 June 2010 11:10 AM

    Minister is right

    Monday, 21 June 2010 07:18 AM

    Absolutely correct, why dig the old graves? Doesn't he have any other constructive things to talk about?

    Monday, 21 June 2010 07:25 AM

    This should have been done a long time back, if this message is genuine and truly from the heart of the minister then it's certainly welcome!

    Monday, 21 June 2010 07:27 AM

    It is always a positive gesture to accept for what we have done and to apologize. This is a process of reconciliation between the Sinhalease and Tamils.

    Monday, 21 June 2010 07:31 AM

    Come on man, there was a conflict in this country for 30 yrs. LTTE killed more people then the poeple who died in army operations. Do you want government to apologize for all? Why not ask the diaspora who pumped money for the war to apologize for the bloodshed as well.

    Monday, 21 June 2010 07:33 AM

    you set an example. It is great finally We apologise. Now it is time for LTTE leaders like Karuna to follow the same.

    Monday, 21 June 2010 07:44 AM

    Never too late. good step forward


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