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Tamil Politician calls for Commission to probe July 1983 riots
[28 May 2001]

Mr. K.S Ganeshamoorthy, Deputy Minister of Ethnic Affairs has appealed to the Speaker of Parliament to establish a commission to inquire into the July 1983 pogrom against the Tamil people. He has called for the appointment of a South African style Truth and Reconciliation Commission to establish the truth behind the organized violence.

Mr. Ganeshamoorthy in his letter to the Speaker has said, “We have a right to know the truth and are not seeking revenge.”

The Deputy Minister's call for a Truth Commission has come in for high praise from the Tamil community and its leaders alike. Mr. V. Ananda Sangari, Senior Vice President of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), hailed the proposal and said that although late, establishing a commission to probe the incidents and bring the culprits to justice was a worthy exercise.

Mr. Ganeshamoorthy in his letter to the Speaker has thanked him for permitting a debate in the House on the events that led to the recent violence in Mawanella against the Muslim people and lauds the President and the Government for the prompt action taken to defuse the situation.

The Deputy minister has also written to the President about his request for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to put to rest the acrimony between the Sinhala and Tamil Communities. In another letter written to the Leader of the Opposition he has urged the opposition to support in parliament, his call for a Truth Commission on the July 1983 pogrom against the Tamil people. Ganeshamoorthy has also expressed his appreciation to the opposition for initiating a parliamentary debate on the Mawanella incidents. 

 

 

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