Colombo has plans to colonize North with Buddhist Sinhalese – Suresh Premachandran

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 07 October 2009, 17:06 GMT]
The government of Sri Lanka is actively engaged in colonizing Ki’linochchi, Mullaiththeevu and Jaffna district with Sinhalese Buddhists in order to crush the demand for Eelam in the traditional homelands of the Tamils in the North, Suresh Premachandran, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Jaffna parliamentarian, said in a press meet held Monday in his Jaffna office. He further accused the government for not accepting help from International Community in de-mining Vanni as it does not want the persons from foreign countries to see the mass graves of civilians killed by its armed forces in the Vanni during the war. The MP also said that though the government says that it had resettled 40,000 IDPs from Vavuniyaa internment camps, 95% of them have been again detained in new internment camps in their respective home districts under the direct control of Sri Lankan forces.

He said that he has the vital information to substantiate his claims.

The following is the gist of the information he gave at the press meet:

Suresh Premachandran, TNA MP
Suresh Premachandran, TNA MP
“In Ki’linochchi a large Sri Lanka Army (SLA) camp has been constructed in 150 acre area and the villages around it are to be colonized with Buddhist Sinhalese. A big Buddhist Vihara is being built based on claims that it is as ancient as the ones in the South in an attempt to steal the traditional homelands of the Tamils in the Vanni. This is part of a major plan to colonize sizable areas in the North with the motive of altering the ethnic demography.”

“Many small Buddhist Viharas are being erected along A9 road in Vanni for the religious activities of the Buddhist Sinhalese people brought from the South.”

“Similar plans are afoot to occupy around 30% of land in the districts of Mullaiththeevu and Ki’linochchi.”

“The government has not so far identified the mine infested places in Mullaiththeevu and Ki’linochchi from which the residents had fled wholesale though it has its military soldiers to do this job. The main reason for the government for not allowing de-mining personnel from other countries is that it fears the mass graves of civilians in Vanni would be disclosed to the world.”

“But the government makes much publicity that it has resettled 40,000 IDPs from Vavuniyaa camps in their own districts. But the truth is that 95% of these IDPs have again been detained in new internment camps in their respective home districts.”

“Meanwhile, the government is actively engaged in de-mining in 31 villages in Vavuniyaa and Mannaar districts so that it could relocate some of the IDPs in Vavuniyaa camps. On one side the government is trying to show that it is resettling IDPs with the view of getting the tax relief from the EU and on the other hand it intends keeping the people of Vanni from resettling in their own villages. Their ancestral places would thus be made vacant to colonize Buddhist Sinhalese.”


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