Written by Bella Dalima
03 Apr, 2014 | 10:06 pm
Minister of External Affairs Professor G.L.Peiris says that Sri Lanka does not wish to marginalise the Tamil Diaspora.
The Minister made this comment at an event in Colombo that was also attended by the visiting Singaporean Minister for Foreign Affairs.
The ISAS Colombo Colloquium was held in Colombo on Thursday under the auspices of visiting Singaporean Minister for Foreign Affairs and Law K. Shanmugam and Sri Lankan Minister of External Affairs Professor G.L.Peiris.
Singapore Think Tank, Institute of South Asian Studies and the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic studies signed a memorandum of understanding on Thursday.
At the event Minister of External Affairs, Professor G.L. Peiris shared the following views:
“Countries which were no mean admirers of Sri Lanka were amazed at what they saw during their visit to the North on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Summit which was held in this country in November last year. Earlier it was doomed, no light visible at the end of the tunnel. Today we have banks opening branches there, hotels coming up and since the diaspora plays a prominent role in the proceedings this morning , it is relevant to mention that the diaspora is building an apartment block in the North. And I was informed that more than 80 percent of the apartments have already been paid for. So, there are segments of the diaspora that are playing a very constructive role…”
Responding a question raised on the recent ban on Tamil Diaspora organisations, Minister Professor G.L. Peiris expressed the following views.
“We do not wish to marginalise them or to have a confrontational relationship with them. I think the diaspora is no longer moderate. It consists of very different points and very different nuances and credentials. And as I said, there is a segment of it that wished to work purposefully in this country not for political gains. At the same time we must not forget that at the other end of this venture there is a section of the diaspora that has not given up the dream of Eelam. Let us rest that. And they are thinking of ways and means of reviving that. That is part of the regrettable reality of the situation ….”
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