'Unprecedented development in North'
Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Minister
Douglas Devananda said that the promises made to the people are being
fulfilled consequent to discussions with President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The minister said so at a meeting with visiting Indian journalists at
the Nallur Lux Hotel recently.
The minister said that it did not suffice talking only with one party
for a solution to the problem of the Tamil speaking people as the aim of
his party was not competitive politics.
'The Tamil leaders then conveniently missed many valuable
opportunities for a meaningful solution to the political rights of the
Tamil speaking people, which ended in a war bringing misery, loss of
life and damage to property running into billions of rupees. The Tamil
political leaders today were shedding crocodile tears as if they were
the saviours of Tamil speaking people,' the minister said.
He said working with the government will pave the way for a lasting
and meaningful solution to the ethnic problem.
'President Mahinda Rajapaksa is the only genuine leader who can find
a solution to the ethnic problem. The President is a leader who is
dedicated to working for all Sri Lankans one and all,' he said.
Minister Devananda said, when development activities and programmes
were considered in the past, the South was given preference to the
North. The situation has changed now with special emphasis made on
The country, especially the Northern Province is now experiencing a
development boom. All should support the setting up of the Parliamentary
The minister also expressed his belief that a final solution to the
problem of Tamil speaking people could be arrived at with the consensus
of all other political parties within a time frame of six months from
the date of setting up of the Parliamentary Select Committee. The
setting up of the Parliamentary Committee could be at any date, added
'Since ending war, taking into consideration the present peaceful
environment, several High Security Zones had now been removed and
resettlement continues in the lands belonging to people which came under
the High Security Zones during the war period, the minister said. The
promises given to the people concerning development in diverse fields
were being now carried out after having discussed such development
programmes with the government,' added the minister.