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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2992

Mahinda plans to lead anti-terrorism forces: Tamil grievance

[b]Mahinda plans to lead anti-terrorism forces: Tamil grievances not due to discrimination by the majority Sinhalese – Prime Minister[/b]

By Sugeeswara Senadhira, Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, Colombo

Colombo. 18 August, ( Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse will go all out against terrorism and will make an attempt to obtain all the forces against terrorism under his leadership at the next presidential election. He is expected to call for support from several minor political parties representing the southern Sinhala Buddhist voters and the democratic liberal Tamil and Muslim parties at the battle for the top position of the government.

Rajapakse’s intensions came very clear from his speech at the funeral of the slain Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar on Monday, where he called for concerted international efforts to eradicate the menace of terrorism.

It became evident that Rajapakse was planning to come to an agreement with erstwhile government ally, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) when he outlined his position on the ethnic problem in a recent interview.

“I certainly agree that the Tamils have cause for grievances. To deny that would be foolish. However, I would not say that this is due to deliberate discrimination by the Sinhalese people, who are the majority,” Rajapakse said in an interview with the Business Today, prestigious Sri Lankan monthly journal.

“There are many causes for the for this and many mistakes made. There is the matter of language and the education system, where the Tamils feel they are discriminated against. The problems are those of the system of governance and administration that we have had since independence. We must think of new system of sharing and distribution of power.”

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