The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) alliance is making plans to remove its own nominee C.V. Wigneswaran as the chief minister of Northern Provincial council.
A majority of TNA members according to a provincial council member are currently discussing ways and means of removing the chief minister.
They are planning to either submit a no-confidence motion or a letter to the Governor seeking the removal of the chief minister.
A TNA provincial council member said that at a meeting which took place recently TNA members representing the council had asked Wigneswaran to step down.
Wigneswaran in reply has said that this was a decision the people should make.
According to the PC member the TNA group is up in arms mainly due to Wigneswaran’s recent behavior where he has criticized the party and been non-committal with regards to campaigning on the party’s behalf at the recent general election.
In fact the TNA PC member said that Wigneswaran’s behavior at the recent elections was anti-TNA to say the least.
However TNA is in a dilemma on how to remove Wigneswaran whom the party called as its chief ministerial nominee openly prior to the PC polls two years back.
A TNA member said that the chief minister could not be removed by a no-confidence motion and this could only be done by the governor acting on the request of a majority in the council.
However such a removal too could be challenged in courts, according to this member.
Even some TNA parliament members have openly criticized Wigneswaran in recent times.
The TNA’s deputy leader in Parliament, Mavai S. Senathirajah, had said that Wigneswaran seemed to have forgotten the “tireless work” doe by ITAK and the TNA workers two years ago to elect him as the chief minister of the northern provincial council.
Meanwhile the following is an exclusive interview with Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council done on the 10th of September 2015 by our Jaffna correspondent;
Q. Tomorrow the TNA meets to consider about you.What have you to say?
A. Tomorrow is an important day. I understand a copy of the Geneva Report is going to be given to the President tomorrow. The recommendations of the Report are important for the war affected people of Northern and Eastern Provinces. It is about justice for war victims and the search for truth.
It will affect our people.
I was elected on important pledges given to our beloved people of the Northern Province one of which was to endeavour to establish international mechanism to seek truth and justice for the victims. We have to be focused on that. Knowing this I have been working hard to put across our view that an International Mechanism should be put in place.Apart from the above we also gave an assurance to our people to address post war needs and priorities and to work towards a just and equitable solution to the protracted ethnic conflict.
Having lived with our people in the last 23 months my focus is on addressing the above priorities with the limited resources available to us to the best of our ability.
I understand Mr. MangalaSamaraweera has told some Civil Society Groups yesterday that there would only be an internal local mechanism. There will be no foreign judges, no foreign lawyers to prosecute and so on. I wonder what is in store for our people. The mechanism will find nothing wrong with what happened and conclude no war crimes were committed. For doing this they will release a few acres of land from the Army controlled areas, release a few prisoners and undertake to look into missing persons. Army might get reduced a little. These are all deliberate acts purposely committed by the Govt. They will undo some of these which in any event they were duty bound to do. But what about the serious war crimes committed? No Sri Lankan Judge will ever find fault with the Military. They will say the mistake lay somewhere else.
In this scenario you are asking me this question. In a democratic party everyone has a right to take up any matter. I believe I was brought in because of my judicial background. I will stand firm in what I do. Justice for our people is mysole concern. Our Party must identify its priorities and work towards fulfilling the pledges given to the people as people believed in our pledges given in our respective manifestos, and reposed their trust in us. We need to honour our commitments and serve the war affected, war weary people with empathy and dedication.
Just now these matters are the priorities for me, since I came forward to serve my people with a sense of purpose and commitment! Other things are unimportant.
Charlie / September 11, 2015
I totally agree with what CV says, he was elected to his position to deliver what was promised and therefore his commitment is to deliver.
TNA Politicians manifest the manifesto to suit their requirements as and when…….give another few years for TNA, shall wait and see if they were able to deliver what was promised to Tamil people in recent General Elections…..I begin suspect TNA is taking tamil people on a ride! We shall have to wait and see…..there may developments in North and East, but how about rights that Tamils demand??
Ajith / September 11, 2015
TNA should be very cautious in making decisions regarding the future of Tamils in this island. TNA should not misinterpret the election results of the recent Presidential & Parliamentary elections. It is not an open warrant to make decisions at your own way believing that Sinhala politics have changed a lot and they will deliver a proper devolution based on substanatial autonomy. There is nothing wrong with trusting them but you should be cautious until you get what you want. The Sinhala politics is capable of dividing Tamils. LTTE was an unwinnable force until they broke Karuna. Today LTTE is out. Karuna is out. This happened in a peace time. TNA was considered as a united force after LTTE. The recent behaviour & remarks of TNA leadership is not conducive for unity of Tamils and the repercussions may be very high if the Sinhala politics cheat as usual.
John / September 12, 2015
“Wiggie Says No Sri Lankan Judge Will Ever Find Fault With Military”
OMG ! Unbelievable , yet we cannot dismiss, perhaps Ex-SC Judge knows better.
Judiciary betrays our Sri Lankan pride ???
LAST THING I had to accept …???? , ……hope I was wrong.
No more comments.
Arul Sivapalan / September 11, 2015
Perhaps the only sensible Jaffna Tamil man who can build bridges between the Jaffna Tamil man and the Sinhalese !!!!
Goes to show that the Jaffna Tamil man is an isolated man who cannot live
WITH the rest of the Tamils from outside Jaffna, cannot live with the majority
Sinhala community and EVEN AMONG THEMSELVES !!
As somebody said “you give the Jaffna tamil man Eelam and they will destroy
themselves” – how true !!!!!
Barathan / September 11, 2015
Agreeing fully with Charlie and Arul Sivapalan, may I say that Chief Minister Wigneswaran has made bold to plough a lonely furrow. It is a forerunner to future furrows. It resonates with the thinking of Tamils within and without.
At the PC election did the Manifesto embody the aspirations of the people? The style of presentation never indicated CVW had a hand in it. Little wonder a senior civil servant wrote in ridicule “Kumbam broke before Kumbabishekam”. Yet Justice W fought a valiant battle to win a great victory for himself and the TNA.
The recent TNA Manifesto was a repeat fiasco where the hand of CVW was not visible. From where can he pluck the inclination for involvement?
In July he made his impact in USA and UK and his stirring speeches made their impact on the Tamils. The strongest impression he made on Hon. Cameron. Dividends are yet to come.
At the current juncture when the PC and the CM have a duty to draw Modi and India closer to the North, are we to lament that the pot broke and butter is laid to waste?
jansee / September 12, 2015
“Perhaps the only sensible Jaffna Tamil man who can build bridges between the Jaffna Tamil man and the Sinhalese !!!!”
You must have been born only yesterday. Not one, but countless bridges were attempted but there was not enough cement to complete any of those bridges. You know what, SL is still hunting for cement but seems to be looking for it in the wrong places and with incorrect outlooks. Just like kids clapping in euphoria watching a clown show, you can be excused to dream that there would ever be a bridge.
By the way, who is that somebody who said “you give the Jaffna tamil man Eelam and they will destroy themselves”?
Burning Issue / September 11, 2015
I think that CM Wigneswaren is totally justified in his incredulity that an internal mechanism will be a farce. I have no issues with that at all. There is no way a Sri Lankan court will find the likes of GR, MR et al responsible of crimes that took place under their watch. CM is absolutely right on this.
However, where CM loses credibility is when he address VP as his Thaliver! To, me CM has been well and truly radicalised and he has no trust whatsoever of Sri Lankan Sinhala regimes regardless of colour. I do sympathise with him on this point. Another thing that CM manifests is that he is not a politicians and he has no understanding of how to get best for the Tamils out of the status quo. TNA are not fools; they are not there for ministerial perks. But they are there with a concrete understanding that there will be a solution for the Tamils that is viable and acceptable. This I believe is being developed multifaceted and conjoined with international diamention.
TNA is horse-trading with GOSL and War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity is the trading subject. What Tamils must understand is that, there is no question that the Crimes against them were committed and the UN interim report will substitute it unambiguously. However, the concept of Accountability is going to compromised in return for greater power devolution boarding federalism. This is the crux of the predicament of the Tamils. Is the CM Wigneswaren naive politically by him propagating his principles all high and mighty? Is he failing see the bigger picture?
Senior Citizen / September 12, 2015
You couldn’t have put it any better. !
Nagananda / September 11, 2015
In my view, all Sri Lankans must respect the views expressed by Justice Wigneshvaran , a well respected Judge in the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, who knows more than anybody else of the demeanor of the Judges in the Apex Court in this country.
I believe a person like him should have entered the Parliament, because his is probably the most fitting person to be the opposition leader, to save us from the politico cheats who indiscriminately rob this nation with a scant respect to the will of the people expressed at the just concluded general election. We had some great people like him in the recent history like Mr Luckshanam Kathiragamar, the former foreign minister, and this country needs people more like him at this crucial juncture, at a time the whole nation is being betrayed by the politicians corrupt to the core.
What this country needs today is genuine, honest person like Justice Wigneshwaran, who talks what they fell right with no fear or favor, despite the remarks they made openly would cost them dearly. This is what Lord Buddha had taught, be sincere and honest at all time and don’t pretend to be honest and deceive people.
I respect Justice Wigneshvaran for expressing his views candidly with no fear or favor.
Plato. / September 11, 2015
CM.Wigneswaran is very much like Julius Caeasar in the present scenario.
He asks the TNA et tu Brute?
Sapumal / September 11, 2015
It is sad to see the current state of Mr. Wigneswaran. I also thought e is an good gentlemen with respectful identity. But lately saw he was trying isolated alone with former separatist line. It is well known (according to all sources) he was the one behind former LTTE group who contest for the last general election. He work against Sri Lanka and its own people. He is working with his south Indian newly found allies against newly elected Sri Lankan Govt. h doesn’t know how to cordially work with his on party leaders and Central gov. leaders. He must be chase from tis post to appoint a new /peoples friendly CM with the blessings of Northern province people. It is duty of TNA.
J.Muthu / September 11, 2015
Bravo….TNA fools live in dream world. IF he removed its beginning of TNA’s down fall…..mark my word. Tamils are not fools…
Native Vedda / September 11, 2015
Jamis Muthu Banda
“TNA fools live in dream world.”
Congress, Federal Party, TULF, LTTE + 31 other, TNA, ………….. were/are fools, who is going to save you Tamils?
Are you awaiting for VP’s second coming or can you manage with Mandayan Suresh and Mavai Senathirajah?
I am told both are intellectual giants.
J.Muthu / September 12, 2015
HI bro native, Praba gone for good. Tamils gave TNA Last chance, MR.Wiggie not a politician. His voice 4 voiceless Tamils…Suresh political carrier finished, Tamils never ever going 2 elect him again. My humble wish hsa eloh mavai must be removed from Tamil politics. mavai one of the worst corrupt Tamil politician….
any more Vedda don’t be shy ask me…
Native Vedda / September 12, 2015
Jamis Muthu Banda
Mavai Senathi is supposed to be a marathon speaker (according to his followers). He can beat Castro in his endurance.
Why do you want to get rid of him?
Will you be campaigning at Geneva for a International Investigation?
soma / September 13, 2015
“Are you awaiting for VP’s second coming…”
Malli, for every Prabhakaran there will be a Rajapaksa.
Native Vedda / September 13, 2015
“Malli, for every Prabhakaran there will be a Rajapaksa.”
Brilliant, soon we can have our own Veddah land, without having to put up with descendants of Kallthonies.
When can both stupid people recommence procreating such psychopaths?
By the way one is gone the other is meandering towards oblivion.
Also remember Hitler committed suicide, Mussolini, Gaddafi, Ceaușescu, were killed by the people.
As long as Hindians are around there would be VP, MR, ….
paragon / September 11, 2015
There is nothing wrong in what Vicknewswarn is saying.how ever he should have remained nuetral during the elections without issuing a statement covertly supporting queen street ponnampalam and his bicycle company.he proved he is a covert since he did not have the guts to openly attack TNA-SAMPANTHAN-SUMANTHIRAN AND COMPANY.now since the northern voters have voted against his appeal best thing for him to do is to keep quiet.OR OPENLY REVOLT AGAINST SAM-SUMMA-MAVAI-and FORM A NEW ALLIANCE WITH SIVAJI-ANANTHI-SURESH-AND COMPANY.
Sellam / September 11, 2015
It is certain that Justice Wigneswaran is going to form a new alliance with Gajendrakumar. The split is going to hurt the Tamil people.
Burning Issue / September 11, 2015
It will only take off if once again the Tamil leadership is taken down the garden path! In any case, Sri Lanka is snookered by the war crimes probe and a genuine desire among some Sinhala elite to resolve the Tamil question once in for all. Hence I the later is true.
The Rogue Ayer / September 12, 2015
“It is certain that Justice Wigneswaran is going to form a new alliance with Gajendrakumar. The split is going to hurt the Tamil people.”
You may be correct about this alliance. The big question is how many people would support them.
This kind of an alliance can obtain a lot of diaspora money, key board warriors and attention.
It would hurt the Tamils.
Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam / September 11, 2015
No Sinhala Judge will find fault with the military. I have worked as a medico-legal officer in the war zone in the early part of the war and conducted examination on victims. and therefore a medical witness to the war crimes committed by Srilankan security forces.
The war was declared in April 1984 with the appointment of late Lalith Athulathmudali as the minister of national security. To say that war crimes were committed only in the last stages of war is not correct. Since the declaration of war crimes have been committed.
In most of the atrocities, no court case was conducted at all. In some due to internatinal pressure, sham trials were conducted. The cases were transferred to Colombo far from the theatre of activity on the pretext of lack of security, presided by Sinhala judges.
Most of the cases were conducted ex-parte, with witnesses unable to travel to Colombo, due to expenses involved and lack of transport due to war. Witnesses were threatened not to give evidence and a few who boldly stood up were threatened after attending courts.
At the inquiry, Police produced a distorted version of the event in order to protect the security forces. The judges completely ignored the detailed post mortem examination reports submitted about the crime and accepted the side of the Police in giving judgement.
In none of the cases the security forces who committed the crime were punished or even reprimanded. The judges without any shame gave the verdicts as collateral damage or justifiable homicide, where all the deaths were due to unpardonable first degree murder.
Therefore it is natural for Tamils to have scepticism about outcome of any internal investigation to be conducted into war crimes. As in the past, it will be a sham trial conducted by a panel of lackeys, where scape goats may be found and real culprits set free.
Sellam / September 11, 2015
The Tamils need a person like Prabaharan to keep these fellows in proper places. The Tamil people can do it through their votes but most of the Tamil people do not vote on policy but on personality. That is why the TNA won 14 seats.
Justice Wigneswaran was brought in by Mr.Sambanthan to be the Chief Minister and the people elected him overwhelmingly. Mr.Wigneswaran was chosen for that position by the people and not by Senathirajah. Senathirajah wanted that position very badly but Mr.Sambanthan persuaded Senathirajah not to contest for the post of Chief Minister. That friction between Senathirajah and Wigneswaran started from that day. The acceptance of funds for development by four MPs of the TNA from Ranil was in fact a blow to the Northern Provincial Council and Mr.Wigneswaran personally. Ranil Wickremasinghe deliberately brought in a split in the TNA. The key player in the TNA who is against Mr.Wigneswaran is Senathirajah (Mavai is his village name Maviddapuram).Why is Mr.Sambanthan keeping quiet? Sambanthan is not interested in Northern affairs because he is from the East.
The manifesto of the TNA was a demand for an International Inquiry and was against a domestic Inquiry into the alleged war crimes. The TNA changed its manifesto to agree for a domestic Inquiry in support of the government. But Justice Wigneswaran did not want to change the policy and brought in a motion at the Provincial Council for an International Investigation on genocide. This angered the TNA and Ranil Wickremasinghe. When the TNA went against the wishes of Wigneswaran, he didn’t want to support the TNA in the recent elections.
It is pertinent to mention here that Justice Wigneswaran is an educated man and the Tamils need him. If the TNA tried to remove him from that position, there will be a huge division among the Tamil population and will affect them in the long run. Prabaharan had destroyed mostly all the learned Tamil men for his own sake and not for the Tamil people’s interest.
Senathirajah ‘s position should be exposed and should be kept in a different position. He did not even pass the Senior School Certificate Examination and a drop out from school. He worked as a reporter to Daily Tamil paper in the North “Eelanadu” and he did not fair in that position as well. Some or other he had the luck on his side. He joined Mr.Amirthalingam and he was more or less in and out of Mr.Amirthalingam’s home. He attended all Federal Party meetings along with Mr and Mrs Amirthalingam. He was like a man servant to Amirthalingams. Later he started addressing few meetings which was not so impressive. He had an ambition to hold a high position in the party and the Electorate. On the fatal day in Colombo, Mr.Amirthalingam, Mr.Yogeswaran and Mr.Sivasithambaran, president of the TULF, were sitting in the bedroom, upstairs of the house discussing and downstairs Senathirajah and Mrs. Amirthalingam were sitting and watching Television. The LTTE had planned to murder Amithalingam and others, that day and five boys (the Ltte was called the boys)came to the house, two boys stood outside and other three came up to the Security and asked permission to see Amirthalingam and others. When the security went and told Senathirajah and Mangaitkarasi, she went upstairs and told her husband that three boys from the LTTE are there and wanted to speak to him and others. Senathirajah, did not move from his place and was looking at the TV and was aware as to what was going to happen, If he was a sincere man he should have gone upstairs and warned Amirthalingam and the security not to allow the boys in. When Magayatkarasi came and told the security to allow the boys to go in, the boys went upstairs and were discussing with Amirthalingam and others and they were served with tea and biscuits.
Senathirajah, the evil man, sat there looking at the TV but his mind was upstairs as he knew what was going to happen. The three boys shot Amirthalingam, Yogeswaran and Sivasithambaram. Amirthalingam and yogeswaran died. Mr.Sivasithambaran was heavily injured. He did not live long. This shows what type of a man Senathirajah is . He is a man without a brain now holding the position of Secretary of the TNA demanding the sack of Justice Wigneswaran. A groundwork has been laid down by the TNA trio and Ranil to destroy the defeated Tamils.
Naga / September 12, 2015
Not just you, but many people believe that Mavai might have been aware of the LTTE plot to kill Amirthalingam but kept quiet.
It was strange that Mavai did not join Amir, Siva and Yogesh in the discussion with the LTTE cadres held upstairs. All the three are dead now and Mrs Amirthalingam may be able to shed some light into the reasons for the strange conduct of Mavai on that fateful day.
You mentioned that Mavai did not even pass SSC. He is not even a good platform speaker. As you rightly mentioned he must be a lucky man to be an MP. A little correction to your statement – Mavai is no more the Secretary-General of ITAK but he is the all powerful President of ITAK. I will agree with you if you say that the size of his brain does not match the size of his body. Nevertheless, he represents the so-called educated Jaffna Tamils!!!
shankar / September 12, 2015
“He did not even pass the Senior School Certificate Examination and a drop out from school.”
are you talking of your hero sungod whom you want more of.The mess he put the tamils into will take a long time to clean up.
“Senathirajah, did not move from his place and was looking at the TV and was aware as to what was going to happen,”
Quite a mind reader aren’t you?Anyway regarding the TV you are like an aunt of mine who hates to see her hubby watching TV if she isn’t too.She will ask him whether he did this or that chores whenever he watches TV.I thought to myself the poor begger can’t watch TV in his own house,what a life and when i get married i will be careful not to choose someone like her.You should have been in amir’s house that day,i’am sure you would have asked this school dropout too to follow mangayakarasi and warn amir,in case she does not do so.
“He was like a man servant to Amirthalingams.”
that is why amir did not want him there at the discussion and would have wanted him to keep company with mangayakarasi and be like her body guard.Amir’s opinion of his education just like yours would have been so low that he would have preferred the company of the highly educated yogeswaran who invited the LTTE and also told the security not to check them for weapons as they had said that they would feel humiliated if they did so.This very same yogeswaran and amir would have in their lifetime called the sinhalese modayas but they were the biggest gonas and munharakas i have seen in my life and got what they deserved for their stupidity.You are blaming the wrong fellow for this fiasco.
shankar / September 11, 2015
the US wants a internal investigation.It has made a U turn after the elections.Therein lies the whole problem for Wiggie and TNA.
before the elections the US was going to throw the works at the rajapakshes threatening them with international tribunals so that they will veer away from china and into their fold.Now china is not a problem for them anymore and they have lost interest in tiny srilanka which due to its strategic location was a threat to them if china plonked itself into the island.So now TNA had to decide whether to take on the USA or go along with it on the ride with its new foreign policy.The TNA took the latter course,while wiggie is taking on the US.
Didn’t prabha also take on the US when after sept 11 attack they changed their policy towards the LTTE and wanted them to give up terrorist acts and come to a solution with the government.
I’am afraid whether it is the tamils or sinhalese nobody can go against the US nowadays.Sampanthan probably knows the war crimes investigation will be a farce but is hoping for a political package in return.
Aia / September 12, 2015
You’ve read the current turn of events right, so was Sampanthan, but not many. Wiggy is entitled to his views but his arrogance to ignore Ranil in preference to pumpkin Vasu, will hurt Tamils yet again and impair the operation of the Council. We put him to CM post because he was endorsed by TNA, not primarily because of his judicial background, yet expected that he would not go down to a street fighter level matching Sivajilingam’s antis. We want him to match people like GL Pieris, Ranil, etc. at the intellectual level like what Sumanthiran and Sampanthan do, not Ananthy, Suresh, Sivaji or Weerawansa for that matter. Sadly we didn’t see him scoring any runs then or now. Start wondering if he was so naïve and be easily manipulated by diaspora Tamils, and Sivaji, Gajenda and Co. With the character he portrays, I was wondering how could have he been in his career was, would ot goes to say hull strop was swamped by some questionable characters for some times given what we knew about guys like N Silva, Mohan Pieries.
An international inquiry on war crimes committed is something all Tamils will welcome, and fair minded Sinhalese as well. If I am an innocent why should I worried about an inquiry, even an International one would be more neutral than local. What GoSL opposes one, on the grounds it violates the SL’s sovereignty, and MR thought he was the sovereign. We Tamils pressing to have one against the will of majority and the IC will only result in yet another riots, killing and further damage on the racial relationship, potentially other crimes of some sort if not war crimes. Will the judge is ok with such situation placing lives of others who live outside NE who should know better having lived in Colombo most his life. Passing resolutions at NP Council will only make one feels good no matter whether it will result in finding a solution. This is like paly into extremists hands. Would the northern PC do such things if MR is still in power.
I do not like Wiggy being removed, but rather let him where he is, and hope him to play a constructive role in the days to come, not destructive. If he fails to read the Tamil voters minds this time, the benefit of the doubts should be given to him as he was a novice. He is miles better than our Tamilselvan, is not he?. Hope Sampanthan will mend the relationship and put him in the right path. If Sunthiran being a Colombo boy and managed to command Jaffna voters’ respect despite the harassment meted by Ananthy and Suresh, why Wiggy couldn’t do the same standing up against these coins like Sivaji and Gajendra guys instead of bring up these knee jerks resolutions.
vishvajith / September 12, 2015
Wow! Our Tamil Brothers and Sisters are about to score an own goal. Just like they did when they backed VP on an all or nothing deal and paid dearly.
I think they are smarter or are they ?
Mahen / September 12, 2015
CV Wigs is a straight talking man who does not belong to our clan of shady politicians with a forked tongue.
He can only speak the truth. He cannot make statements to suit the whims of those in power who bend in the direction the wind blows. The public in the north knows it.
Naga / September 12, 2015
I respect Justice Wigneswaran for his bold and unwavering stand on the issue of investigation into the crimes committed during the last phase of the war.
There are merits in his arguments. SL Government cannot be expected to conduct an impartial war crimes inquiry under an internal judicial mechanism.
However, in the end, Sampanthan at the urging of Sumanthiran will decide to support government’s stand on an internal mechanism. The man who really decides for TNA is not Sampanthan or Mavai but Sumanthiran. Sumanthiran and Ranil are in the same pro-American league. Sumanthiran shines in TNA because, besides Sampanthan, he is the only TNA MP of some substance and quality. Others are no match for him and that is why his words prevail in the TNA. MPs from EPRLF, TELO and PLOTE owe their positions to Tamil Arasu Katchi and none of them would have been elected had they contested on their own party tickets.
Barus / September 12, 2015
CV is right even he says the SL Government would end up performing some cosmetic justice and closing the file. As we see the present situation, MR, GR, NR, YR, BR and all the other Rs will never ever step in to a courtroom to either defend themselves or get sentenced.
Having done the crime, one should do the time. Is that not the justice we meet out to ordinary citizens?
So, Mr. Samarweera, MS, RW et all will never be just. They protect their own kind. IF there was no crimes committed by the ARMY in the latter stages of the war, then why worry about an International Justice mechanism. The army and all the Rajapakses can defend their past deeds with confidence.
To get rid of a regime (a brutal one and thank god they are gone)we needed the foreigner and we trusted them a 110%. But to seek justice for the 1000s of war victims, we cannot trust. What an outright hypocrisy!
May God save this country.
Siva Sankaran Sarma / September 12, 2015
We Thamizh are We Thamizhs own worst enemy – grant We Thamizh the mythical Eelam, leave some T56s lying around and look the other way – and the We Thamizh nuisance will solve itself overnight :D
justice / September 12, 2015
The headline sums up the stand of CVW.
If, at the very least, the SL government allows the presence of international and/or UN observers during the local judicial process proposed, there could be some credibility.
Yakub / September 12, 2015
DON’T JUDGE OTHERS BY YOUR OWN STANDARDS!
n.ethir / September 13, 2015
Touche Chief Minister.
No one can remove the CM as he was elected as the council member and put forward as the CM candidate by ITAK as they could not find anyone who could lead the PC. Mavai (Big Mouth) wanted to be CM. many refused his wishes. Now he wants to get him removed. He can be removed by ITAK as a member of their party but that will not affect the verdict of the people. In fact such removal will call into question itak’s commitment to the people at the PC, Presidential and the Parliamentary elections.
K.A Sumanasekera / September 13, 2015
Will Vellala Wiggy join our KP to do something for the non Vellalas.
Although it took 23 months, it is pleasing to know that Cangasabapathty , Visvalingam Wigneswaran has realized that the inhabitants in Muliwaikal, Valikamam, Pudduthikurpi, amd Vadamarachci aren’t the same as the their brethren in Wellala gardens and Cinnamon Gardens.
It is a fact that some inhabitants now can enjoy KFC and Rio Icy Poles in the Jaffna Mall.
Then again the Jaffna residents were well protected by the Sinhala Forces for 30 years, while the the rest whom I mentioned above, copped it big time from Vellala Wiggy’s new Hero Piraparan.
Many attempts to lift the stock of the poor in the North by the Rajapaksa Govt were thwarted by the TNA with the help of both factions of the Diaspora.
Vellala TNA picked Wigs to win the Election hoping that he will be just a Yes man..
But he now has obviously realized that TNA agenda is not necessarily what he thought it was, when he took membership as a political novice..
Wigneswaran has now aligned himself with the Rudakumaran Faction which is obviously the natural choice because their members are the the rural non Vellalas in the main who come from outside Jaffna.
alex / September 13, 2015
Sadly, it looks like the TNA are taking the Tamil people for a ride again. Trying to snuff out genuine concerns and strike ‘deals’ that really do nothing but humiliate the victims of these terrible atrocities. Truly shocking behaviour by Sampanthan and co.
Richard Kaz / September 14, 2015
Anyone with a little knowledge of the conflict in Sri Lanka will agree wholeheartedly that an internal investigation will be a farce, a whitewash protecting the SL armed forces and the Sri Lankan state. You do not have to be a genius to work that out.
The question is, where does Modi stand on this. The central issue here is not the differences within the TNA, they (the TNA) are officially seeking an international investigation. Thankfully the representative of the Tamil people have not let them down. However, Tamils should be prepared for another betrayal from India, this time from Modi.
Thanga / December 20, 2015
I find Sellam in his long rigmarole has thought it fit to sling mud from his keyboard in a foreign country calling him names. This shows who he is, his breeding and birth. For the information of this vitriolic critic, Maavai was educated Veemanramam School and Nadeswara College. After school he joined the University of Ceylon, Peradeniya as an external student and graduated with a bachelor’s degree. Because of his politics, he spent 7 years in prison unlike Sellam who sits comfortably in his chair and enjoying fine food, wine and salubrious clime in a foreign country. Even if he is only SSC educated what about Prabhakaran? What is his academic qualifications? Persons like Sellam should mind his language. Senathirajah got involved in the Sri Lankan Tamil nationalism movement at a young age and took part in the 1961 satyagraha. He joined the youth wing of ITAK in 1962. He was secretary of the Eelam Tamil Youth Movement from 1966 to 1969. He was arrested on several occasions between 1969 and 1983 and spent seven years imprisoned at eight different prisons. He became secretary of the Tamil Youth Front, the youth wing the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), in 1972.
Senathirajah entered Parliament in 1989 when he was appointed as a National List Member of Parliament for the TULF, replacing A. Amirthalingam who had been assassinated on 13 July 1989. He re-entered Parliament in 1999 as a National List Member of Parliament for the TULF following the assassination of Neelan Tiruchelvam on 29 July 1999.
Senathirajah was one of the TULF’s candidates in Jaffna District at the 2000 parliamentary election. He was elected and re-entered Parliament on 20 October 2001 at the 2004, 2010 and 2015 parliamentary elections. Thus his stay in politics is not a fluke. He has the support of the people both in the North and East. As for the allegation he let the assassinsof Amirthalingam, it is not Mavai but Yogeswaran who unsuspectingly let them in. My advice to those ardent nationalists who declare war from the comfort of their easy chairs please mind your language when criticising elected representatives of our people.