Karuna reaches deal with Sri Lanka President

  • 22 Feb 2009 07:57:06 GMT

    Karuna or any other damn fools like Anandasangree can not accept sinhalese new colonisation in Traditional Tamil province -Eastern province. Unfortunately karuna has just started to open up his eyes whihc is already too late when we see the new sinhalese immigrants living near Trincomalee and Amparai areas.

    Karuna should visit with his friend Mr.Anaanada sangree to witness all these new sinhalese colonies in Tamil areas settled down under the cover of this war whihc was well planned some decades ago by sinhalese leaders.

    If there is any peace talks between tamil and sinhalese in sri lanka , all these sinhalese colonizations should be immediately dismantled and send those illegal sinhalese immigrants back to down south.

    Failing, this ugly war will continue till UN bring a final partition solution to this island.

  • 22 Feb 2009 08:19:09 GMT

    Saintclair, consider this, if Sinhalese people settle in what you regard to be Tamil areas is ilegal colonization, why doesn`t the same logic apply to large numbers of Tamils settling in various Colombo suburbs? I remember a time when Wellawatta was mostly Sinhalese, Muslim and Burgher with very few Tamils. Kollupitiya, Bambalapitiya and Kotahena are going the same way. The fact is if Tamils are welcome to stay in Colombo, Kandy or wherever else they choose, then poor Sinhalese farmers, fishermen and traders must be allowed to live wherever they choose. Is that fair or not?

  • 22 Feb 2009 08:58:32 GMT

    Sri Lanka is for Sri Lankans to go where ever they want, be it to the north,east south or west.

    Sinhalese do not complain when tamils from the NE come to Colombo and establish base in Kotahena, Mutwal, Wella, Bamba, Dehiwela and Mount.

    It`s the tamils who complain when sinhala people want to go an establish themselves in the NE.

    Ungey ammagey neethiyak ne aeka.

    [should be in keeping with the pre-1983 ethnic ratio of the province, he said.]

    Ahhh! Then all tamils who came to the western province after 1983 should also get back to the NE. Are they willing to do that??????

    What is sauce for the goose is also sauce for the gander!

  • 22 Feb 2009 09:05:18 GMT

    [the halt of government-sponsored colonization programmes in the Eastern Province]

    If the Governments plan is to artificially achieve a certain objective in terms of percentage of Sinhala population in this region, then Karuna has a point. Maybe the term government-sponsored colonization programmes needs to be better defined.

    On the other hand, if individuals decide to go and live there on their own initiative, then I fully agree with Noworries comments. After all, this is how it works in any federal state and we will hopefully come to this point.

  • 22 Feb 2009 09:48:21 GMT

    Kiwikanga,

    [It`s the tamils who complain when sinhala people want to go an establish themselves in the NE.]

    I totally concur with the argument that Sri Lanka is for Sri Lankans and they can live anywhere they like based on their free will. No Tamils was given state aid to settle in any parts of the country - Tamils do this with their own money and economic and safety reasons, and same should apply to the Sinhala and Muslims. On the other hand any state aided development and colonisation programs must espouse local demography and must be fair to all communities.

    Sinhalese often call the Tamils as racists because of Tamil objection of state aided Sinhala only colonisations in places where Tamils and Muslims are concentrated. There must be clear distinction between free movements of peoples and exclusive colonisations that bring about ethnic disharmony!

  • 22 Feb 2009 09:49:56 GMT

    Elephanthouse,

    point very well made.

  • 22 Feb 2009 10:20:35 GMT

    For a change, there are some very reasonable comments on this forum. Let`s hope the government will offer proportionate and appropriate assistance and resettlement programs to Tamil and Muslim IDPs, development opportunities that were denied to them by the LTTE.

  • 22 Feb 2009 19:53:56 GMT

    These areas are that of ethnic segregation that bread to ethnic politics should be not allowed.Sri lanka being a small island forced integrating should the order of the day.All three communities should be relocated without having exclusive areas but there should be some mechanism to represent in the Parliament a fair number of ethnic politicians to safe guard their rights.Majority race have a obligation to protect the rights of the minorities but not walk over them.

  • 22 Feb 2009 19:58:35 GMT

    [Sinhalese do not complain when tamils from the NE come to Colombo and establish base in Kotahena, Mutwal, Wella, Bamba, Dehiwela and Mount.

    It`s the tamils who complain when sinhala people want to go an establish themselves in the NE. ]

    When Tamils move to the above mentioned southern areas, they do so in a fair manner, paying the market price for the property. The state does not aide the Tamils in anyway.

    When Sinhalese are settled in the NE, they do not pay for the land. And often they`re settled in lands that belong to the Tamils, while the Tamils themselves are forced to live in IDP camps and detention camps.

    Tamils have no problem with Sinhalese settling in the NE, when they pay their fair share or are settled in government estates.

  • 22 Feb 2009 21:23:46 GMT

    Kanthun,

    [When Tamils move to the above mentioned southern areas, they do so in a fair manner, paying the market price for the property]

    That is because sinhala people do not mind the tamils buying property in the south. The sinhalese do not have a `customary law` where they sell land only to their neighbours or only to some other sinhala man. Tamils can buy land anywhere in the country.

    Does it work the other way???? If a sinhala man wants to buy a property in Jaffna would a tamil person sell it to a sinhalese???? The customary Thesawalamai Law kicks in and the tamils sell land only to their neighbours who are also tamils or to anyother tamil willing to buy that land. Sinhalese are shut out! A sinhala person from the south is at the mercy of the government to secure land in the NE.

    When the government assists sinhalese to get land for cultivation or other such purposes in the NE then there is this huge hue and cry by the tamils about colonisation!

    It`s the tamils who do not want the sinhalese in the NE. The sinhalese have no objection to tamils being in the south. That is the FACT that can be seen.