‘’It is our neglect of Tamil sensitivity … the main underlying cause was our neglect of the Tamil
language tantamount to an undermining of human rights of the Tamil people which caused theaggravation of the conflict and the widening of the chasm between officialdom and the main minority,the Tamils. All development measures must be people centered and not merely for infrastructure aloneor as show pieces where the cost benefit is not in favour of the people.
The practical thing to do inmy opinion is firstly to draw up an action plan with priorities and the implementation time-frame ......I wish to emphasize the following points which I consider important for reconciliationc. not allowing an influx of Sinhalese to the North for rehabilitation related
development work ’’
Mr. Mangala Moonasinghe to LLRC, 17 August 2010: ‘’…so, who start
it was we
gradually naturally the youth, Tamil youth, went into terrorism in the north. … So terrorism did not come onits own. We created them sir, we created them.’’ (Moonasinghe is a former Sri Lankan diplomat and MP)
There has been a contradiction inapproaches to conflict and development - centralized approaches as far as development is concernedand devolved approaches as far as conflict is concerned. This contradiction or this separation of theapproaches is the governance gap. This is important and must be addressed as one moves on to aprocess of reconciliation. Reconciliation must be envisioned within an institutional framework fordemocratic governance
more democratic governance than what we have had so far. ….
experience in devolution under the 13th Amendment has suffered from inadequacies in design as wellas in practice especially from a lack of coherence and commitment in moving from centralized todevolved governance.
‘’The way the minority groups
are treatedin the country is far from the nationally or internationally accepted standards and principles.
Themedia reports do not appear to be accurate regarding the IDPs,
they are released, they are not resettled.
Some of the people from the South are employed but no people have been employed from the war torn areas.
Counselling process is denied to the victims of war - the Presidential Task Force (PTF) has denied thesefacilities for healing and reconciliation. This Commission has already submitted an interim report to thePresident. I tried my best to have access to that report but I failed.
civil servant) to LLRC, 30 September 2010: ‘’
.... These appointments were given tomembers of the family of employees in the north and kith and kin of soldiers and not to the people of Jaffna. Now these persons who received such appointments after about 6/7 months they used to gettransfers back to their home towns and to those vacancies thus created others were appointed. ... TheTamil people were caused an injustice. By making Sinhala the official language though much was doneto the Sinhalese the Tamil people were forgotten; they were neglected. ..... no Government didanything for the development of the roadways in Jaffna. No industries were started .... it was toavenge these acts that the Tamil youths voluntarily joined the LTTE. ...
He said please go and tell that our schools
don’t have teachers and our community is in a way badly off with regard to education facilities. ....
There are enough Tamil speaking graduates who pass out; there are places of education which cantrain the teachers; and so recruiting and deploying teachers in sufficient numbers will be an importantthing together with supervision of the schools. .... So developing the universities of both the east andthe north are critical and of crucial importance.