Prudence and sagacity calls for magnanimity and humility rather than heady celebrations to mark the taking of the Thoppigala Tiger base, said Colombo Municipal Council Opposition leader and Presidential Advisor Vasudeva Nanayakkara yesterday.
In a statement Mr. Nanayakkara said, `When King Elara was killed, King Dutugemunu did not hold festivities. He interred the remains of King Elara in a tomb in a fitting manner and issued a royal decree to his subjects to pay respects to the dead king. We should express grief over the death and injuries suffered by combatants on both sides. The Government should also express its preparedness to provide necessary relief to families, bereaved, displaced or subjected to suffering otherwise due to the hostilities`.
Mr. Nanayakkara warned the Government would be entrapped in a protracted war if it was driven to a military solution by the euphoria over the Toppigala victory.
What the Government should do is to hold elections in the liberated East as early as possible and make way for the people there to elect their representatives to take over the reins of the administration, he said.
He said all sections of the Tamil population would rise up unitedly against the Government if the latter fell in line with the designs of some extremist Sinhala organizations bent on opening up Sinhala settlements in the liberated areas, Mr.Nanayakkara said.
The situation that has arisen following the Toppigala military victory points to the need of a political solution to the ethnic problem, he said.