TNA leader tells Japanese peace envoy about broken promises to Tamils

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - TNA leader R. Sampanthan informs visiting Japanese peace envoy Yasushi Akashi of government's failure to fulfill promises made to the Tamil community.

TNA leader R. Sampanthan, MP, yesterday, told visiting Japanese peace envoy Yasushi Akashi that the failure on the part of the government to fulfil commitments given to the Tamil community would be bad for the whole country.

Full text of the statement issued by MP Sampanthan’s Office following his meeting with the Japanese official at his Colombo residence on the previous day: "Sampanthan expressed upon the Special ambassador that though the armed conflict has come to an end, the solution to the Tamil people’s grievances which were the causes for the armed conflict are yet to be fulfilled.

Sampanthan said the international community played a key role in bringing the war to an end. The government of Sri Lanka gave several commitments to the international community concerning a lasting solution to the ethnic conflict. But none of those commitments have seen a positive end.

The international community cannot be a mere spectator anymore said Mr. Sampanthan. He further said that the International community must remind the Government of Sri Lanka of their commitments to the international community and ensure that the government delivers on those commitments.

Sampanthan further cautioned that if the Government of Sri Lanka fails to keep its commitment it will not only be harmful to the Tamil people but the whole country.

Along with the Special Ambassador the Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, His Excellency Akira Sugiyama and other officials were also present at this meeting which lasted for around 40 minutes."

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