sri Lanka s defence secretary has said it is not appropriate to view the north of the country, over which a separatist war was fought, as a predominantly Tamil area, BBC reports.
Meeting Mr Rajapaksa in his heavily guarded office near the Colombo shorefront, the BBC asked him about a recent local government reshuffle in the north which has seen some senior Tamil officials replaced with Sinhalese personnel.
Earlier before the war, all were Sinhalese, Mr Rajapaksa said. Just as a lot of Tamil officers worked in southern districts, Sinhalese and Muslims should be able to work in the north. It is part of Sri Lanka.
So were Tamils correct to view the north as a predominantly Tamil place?
Why should be that? Why should be that? Mr Rajapaksa said. If you are a Sri Lankan citizen you must be able to go and buy the properties from anywhere. I m not talking about the forced settlements, I m talking about the freedom for a Sri Lankan to live anywhere in this country.
hats off to you sir!
Edited By - megashane - 28 May 2012 10:22:04 GMT