The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) should have been banned immediately after the war, the Deputy Minister of Labour and Labour Relations, Sarath Weerasekara, said today, alleging that ‘unwarranted and false’ allegations made by the TNA had damaged the country.
Expanding on the Sri Lankan government’s ‘grievous mistake’ the minister outlined that the TNA had ‘no right’ to represent the Tamils in the North-East, stating,
“The government and the President made a grievous mistake, on humane grounds, when they allowed the right hand of the LTTE, the TNA, to flourish. Over 500,000 mines have been defused by our soldiers. Did the TNA even offer the soldiers a cup of tea? The TNA has no right to talk about the innocent Tamils. They are holding hands with Tamil Nadu politicians who are robbing our fishermen of the ocean’s bounty.”
Weerasekera went on to launch attack on the international community’s focus on human rights issues in Sri Lanka, stating,
“They are coming after us in this veiled manner because we finished the war without listening to them. Our military had protected and safeguarded the rights of the people at every juncture during the war.”