SLA presence is ethnic cleansing in another form - MP
[TamilNet, Friday, 31 January 2003, 14:52 GMT]
“Deploying a Sinhala army in large areas after
evicting Tamils from their towns and villages is
another form of ethnic cleansing. An army occupying
the homes and lands of our people cannot call itself
their guardian. Only a foreign army will drive out
people and occupy their towns and villages. I
therefore consider the army occupying our lands as a
foreign army," said Mr. Selvam Adaikalanathan Tamil
National Alliance MP for Vanni, sources said.
Mr. Adaikalanathan said the above while speaking Friday during
the debate in Sri Lanka’s Parliament on the peace
talks between Colombo and the Liberation Tigers, held
in Oslo in December last year.
“The funds granted by donor countries in support of
the peace process should be fully utilised in the
northeast and not in the other parts of the country as
demanded by some politicians. Their demand is totally
unacceptable because the underdevelopment of the south
is due to government negligence whereas in the
northeast town and villages were destroyed by the
state. Therefore I appeal to donor nations to their
channel funds in support of the peace process only to
the northeast”, he said.
Speaking to the Tamilnet following the debate, the MP
explained: “If the south is not developed it is not
due to any discriminatory practice based on religion,
region, caste etc.,
But the destruction in the northeast was caused by
deliberate and discriminatory practice coupled with
the relentless prosecution of war by the state. For
the Sri Lankan state security means the eviction of
Tamils from their villages and towns. If security
means anything else to the Sri Lankan state it won’t
perceive the presence of the Tamil public as a threat
to its security installations in the northeast”.
“Foreign governments who support the peace process
should be aware of this dimension.
This must be understood in the context of the ethnic
composition of the Sri Lankan security forces. They
are 99 percent Sinhala and majority Buddhist.
In theory if the army is Tamil, they will be among the
people and there won’t be high security zones”, Mr.