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Wigneswaran calls for action against Sinhala political chauvinism

The Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister, C V Wigneswaran, in a speech made shortly after tabling the NPC resolution on Sri Lanka’s genocide against Tamils, warning of "Sinhala political chauvinism," stressed the “importance of the younger generation’s participation and courage to see the resolution implemented,” and stop the government from "betraying" the Tamil people.

Highlighting Tamils had been, over decades of subjugation and brutality, been forced to supress their demands, Mr Wigneswaran said,

“I look at our resolution as a tool to express the truth. This resolution has been formed to express that the activities that have happened against Tamils until present, without a doubt, amount to genocide under several articles in international law.”

Drawing upon his engagement with official in the new Sri Lankan government, including Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and the resettlement minister D Swaminathan, Mr Wigneswaran highlighted that recent government plans to resettle Tamils and reduce militarisation were disingenuous, stating,

“I’ve realised the plot is to betray us.”

Mr Wigneswaran added that the resolution challenged the morality of the Sinhalese people, and hilighted to th einternational community "the grievences of the Tamil people due to Sinhala political chauvinism."

The resolution which was passed last week by the Council, calling for an immediate release of the UN report into Sri Lankan atrocities and further investigation into genocide, was widely endorsed by the Tamil diaspora and political party representatives in Tamil Nadu.

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