The two-tier approach followed by the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa — persisting with dialogue with the Tamil National Alliance while constituting the Parliamentary select committee to deal with the issue — was certain to deliver a lasting solution to the Tamil problem, Adviser on Reconciliation to the President, Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, MP said.
He said the process of reconciliation and reconstruction would be smoother and faster if the political leadership in India and Tamil Nadu understood the ground realities without being swayed by the ‘pro-LTTE elements’ dishing out propaganda.
He insisted that most of the Channel-Four expose fell in that category. In any case, the government was willing to investigate allegations of excesses in the final phase of the Eelam war, quoting Prof. Wijesinha Deccan Chronicle reported.
“Reconciliation is important, not retribution. We are expected to say that we did all these wrongs. But we are not going to run around saying we bombed hospitals and killed civilians because we never did that”, he told a select group of editors on Wednesday, while referring to the demands that Colombo should be investigated for war crimes.
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