British Conservative party MP Liam Fox visits Jaffna

[TamilNet, Saturday, 29 August 2009, 05:44 GMT]
Liam Fox, British Conservative Party shadow Defence Secretary accompanied by his advisor W. Adams, visited Jaffna Friday where he met the representatives of civil and religious societies at Jaffna Bishop House around 2:15 p.m. “A just political solution to Tamils’ problems should be the first concern and not development,” the representatives told the visiting emissary, sources in Jaffna said. Liam Fox later met Jaffna Government Agent, K. Ganesh at Jaffna Secretariat. The representative who met Liam Fox said that he showed a keen interest in finding out the true situation of the Tamils, the sources added.

Rev. Justin Gnanapragasam, Rev. Selvarajah, Rev. Jeyakumar and Nallai Aatheena Chief Priest, Srilasiri Somasunthara Paramachariyar Suvamikal and many prominent representatives of various civil societies participated in the meeting at Bishop House.

“Many provisions of the constitution of Sri Lanka remain unexecuted. Had these been executed there would not have been a 30 year war in the country. The government is reluctant to give Tamil language its due rights,” the representatives of civil and religious organization told Liam Fox.

“The government is placing development in the first place while ignoring the plight of the Vanni IDPs suffering in the detainment camps in Vavuniyaa. Nothing has been done to resettle the IDPs displaced from the Sri Lanka Army High Security Zones in Valikaamam living in camps for nearly 20 years,” they further said.

“The most important need of the hour is to release the Vanni IDPs detained in the camps and to resettle them in their own places at the earliest. Help should be offered to them to build up their livelihoods,” they further said.

The representatives also pointed out the government imposed restrictions on the people of Jaffna peninsula in various matters including travel and harassment by armed forces.

Jaffna GA, in his press release, said that he requested help from the visiting British emissaries in the issues of resettling Vanni IDPs and those selected from Jaffna detainment camps in their own places.


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