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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2347

Federal Party must learn to deal with problems diplomatically

Colombo, 09 May, (Asiantribune.com):

It is regrettable to note that with so much of experience you have in politics and also as the head of the team, you have failed in your duty to promote goodwill and friendship with India, which is now fast declining.

In open letter to R.Sampanthan MP, Leader of the Opposition and the Leader of the TNA V.Anandasangaree has heaped blame on him for his inaction in bringing his party members under his control.

V.Anandasangaree, speaks very candidly in that open letter and urged Sampanthan that “Federal Party must learn to deal with problems diplomatically.”

Given below the full text of the letter addressed to R. Sampanthan, Leadr of the opposition written by V.Anandasangaree - Secretary General – TULF:

It is with deep concern that I am writing this letter requesting you to keep the Federal Party members of your Alliance, under your strict control. They can’t make statements as they like, to wound the feelings of not only a country but its people as well.

I do not know whether you are aware of the immense damage caused to the friendship and goodwill of India, by the thoughtless acts and utterances, more by the Federal Party members of your alliance, than by the others who only share the blame by remaining silent, ignoring the conduct of such members. Perhaps they are helpless.

Due to certain reasons, which I do not want to mention openly, there is conflict of interest between two countries in Sri Lanka that may explode one day to the detriment of both sides. It is our innocent people who will ultimately get badly affected.

By our foolish utterances let us not provoke a situation for that to happen. It is regrettable to note that with so much of experience you have in politics and also as the head of the team, you have failed in your duty to promote goodwill and friendship with India, which is now fast declining.

First of all you must realize that as our immediate neighbor, whenever we are in distress it is India that always rushed in first with our urgent needs such as medical teams, food etc. For example during the last Tsunami even before clearing the areas in their own country, the Indian teams rushed in here with urgent requirements that reached all parts of the country, irrespective of any ethnic, religious or regional differences.

A new tradition has been established that in the event of a national disaster, India comes first to help us. Please don’t forget that after the end of the war, a lot of families received aids not only to build houses but also in a small way, individuals received some aid that enabled them to earn a living.

Therefore I appeal to everybody in Sri Lanka not to make statements to hurt the feelings of the people who take a lot of risk and come all the way from various places to help our people.

I take this opportunity to remind you of the trouble the Indian government took in trying to solve our ethnic problem during the last 30 years. The involvements in the ethnic issue had cost the country the lives of a Prime Minister Madam Indira Gandhi, a prospective Prime Minister Hon. Rajiv Gandhi, several Jawans and many such others, that cannot be valued in terms of money. It is only India that has the capacity to make the solution successful and till the final solution is reached, no one should interfere with it.

The visits of your team to South Africa to solicit its support to solve the ethnic problem have caused a lot of misunderstanding among the Indians and our own people. Obviously India is very much hurt about it. You will realize that in recent times, no Indian leader talked about our ethnic problem. If I remember correct our Prime Minister himself had commented about it. I am very strongly of the view that you and your team have made the biggest blunder in visiting South Africa and receiving delegation from South Africa to discuss our ethnic issue. Let me not be misunderstood as one opposed to South Africa. I hold it at high esteem. In fact I have even suggested to His Excellency the President, giving him a copy of the South African constitution, with a request to adopt the Bill of Rights of South Africa.

I also like to remind you without any comments, that your visit to China was unwanted at this stage, even if you visited in your capacity as leader of the opposition. You should know why I say this. I hold china also at very high esteem. But we should know what to do and when to do without ourselves confusing.

I do not want to raise the hornet’s nest and embarrass anybody. That is why I have not reasoned out any matter but I am sure you are aware as to what the people expect you to do.

- Asian Tribune -

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