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President meets Tamil MPs to allay fears in N-E

President Mahinda Rajapaksa met with a delegation of six Tamil Members of Parliament from the North and East to discuss arrangements for the resolution of matters resulting from recent alleged incidents in the two provinces.

The Tamil representatives at the meeting held at Temple Trees were from the TNA, TULF and PLOTE.

An understanding was reached on the necessity for cooperation between the Police and organizations of the people on the concerned areas, with a view to the speedy removal of fears and doubts among the people.

UPFA Secretary General Minister Susil Premjayanth, who visited Jaffna at the request of the President to study and report of the current situation, said that at the meeting with the Governor of the North, senior military and police officers, administrators, members of the clergy, local politicians, and members of civil society, there was an agreement reached for resolving the issues through committees at three tiers. One would comprise the Governor, senior administrators, police, and security forces officers, members of the clergy, academics, and politicians. The other would be at the Divisional Secretary level with the participation of local politicians, and the third would be at the Grama Niladhari level with the participation of the people. The members of the Tamil political parties were invited to participate in these committees.

It was he overall consensus at the meeting that the situation was fast returning to normal, with agreement to pursue all initiatives for further understanding on the need for unity and the assurance of peace. All steps would be taken to remove any hardships caused to people from these alleged incidents.

In his summing up, President Rajapaksa said that Tamil people had been the worst affected by the 30 year armed conflict.

The rich Tamil culture and traditions had been destroyed, and what is needed now is to ensure that Tamil people were given the opportunity to have a new beginning to restore their culture and live according to their cherished values.

The government would take every measure to see that unity was built, he said, urging the Tamil political parties to also join in this effort to help the Tamil people and the country.

The Tamil MPs present were V Anandasangaree (TULF), D Siddharthan (PLOTE), and Suresh Premachandra, P Selvarajah, Sumanthiran and Saravanabhavan (TNA).

Associated with the President were Miniters Basil Rajapaksa and Susil Premjayanth, Secretary to President Lalith Weeratunga and IGP N Illangakone.

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