Sri Lankan President rules out autonomy for Tamils
President Mahindra Rajapaksa made his about-face despite growing international pressure to compromise with defeated minority and investigate allegations of war crimes.
Sri Lanka is expected to face questions from UN Human Rights Council in March on progress in implementing its own war commission report.
The pressure comes nearly four years after the government, dominated by the ethnic Sinhalese majority, defeated the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, who had been demanding an independent Tamil nation after decades of perceived discrimination. According to a UN estimate, 80,000 to 100,000 people were killed during the war, which ended in 2009.
“When the people live together in unity, there are no racial or religious differences,” Rajapaksa said in his independence day speech.
“Therefore, it is not practical for this country to have different administrations based on ethnicity. The solution is to live together in this country with equal rights for all communities,” he said.
Sri Lankan TamilsK S Venkataraman | 05-Feb-2013Reply | Forward Life with equal rights for all communities - This no doubt is the noble proposition. I wish this is truthfully and quickly made real.
Tamils = MuslimsPats | 05-Feb-2013Reply | Forward Even without Autonomy these Tamils created hell on earth in Sri Lanka. With Autonomy, they will start behaving as if a separate country and resists integration with rest of the country - similar to the way how Tamils behave in neighboring India. There approach is very similar to Muslims. My way or highway attitude. It is better to keep them in the highway rather!
About patsSrinivasan | 07-Feb-2013Reply | Forward This shows how hateful you are, and you don't have any guts to reveal your name/identity that shows you are a coward. Please refer yourself to an asylum