Need to address the concerns of Tamil minority political issue: Sri Lankan President

Vastavam web: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today underlined the need to address the concerns of the Tamil minority in a political arrangement, saying though the problem has ended militarily, but no solution has been given for its causes.Addressing Parliament on the ceremonial opening of a new session, he also called for support from political parties in addressing issues faced by the Tamil minority community in the war-affected North and East districts.

“Although the problem has ended militarily, no solution has been given for its causes,” Sirisena said, referring to the 30-year-long civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) which left over one lakh people dead. Sirisena also urged the parties to put an end to power struggle, both within his own unity government and within the opposition groups.

Highlighting achievements of his three years rule, the Sri Lankan President listed the economic achievements despite facing many natural hardships like drought. “We have raised income levels while fighting to tackle the debt as high as rupees 10.3 trillion. We have reduced the crime level by 30 per cent and boosted exports to its highest growth,” he said. The President made the decision to prorogue Parliament by virtue of the powers vested in him by Article 70 of the Constitution.