Tamil expatriates welcome President's re-election
by Ananth PALAKIDNAR
Praising Sri Lankans for re-electing President Mahinda Rajapaksa for
the second time, the Diaspora Dialogue for Peace and Development, an
organisation comprising Tamil expatriate professionals, has urged all
political parties to put behind their differences and join hands with
the President to rebuild the North and the East.
On behalf of the Diaspora Dialogue for Peace and Development, its
coordinator Dr. Noel Nadesan from Australia made a statement that the
doors in the North and East are now wide open for development and
rehabilitation with the victory of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
"The Tamil diaspora has tremendous confidence in President Rajapaksa
rebuilding the war devastated North and East. It's a pity to see the
Tamil National Alliance trying to keep the people in the North and East
in their grip with a meaningless political stance," he said in the
Even political parties such as the TNA and SLMC from the North and
East being able to take part in the electoral process comfortably
without any hindrance was due to the eradication of terrorism from the
North and the East. President Rajapaksa's efforts in putting back the
war-torn North and the East in right shape have paved the way for Tamils
and Muslims to use their franchise in a free and fair atmosphere. As
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has pointed out correctly, soon after his
victory, he was pleased to note the greater participation of the North
and East civilians in the electoral process, regardless of their
political stance. The comment made by the President showed his
magnanimity in accommodating the North and East civilians in the
political mainstream of the country, Nadesan said.
The Diaspora Dialogue for Peace and Development is confident that
President Rajapaksa will take bold steps in settling the political
issues of the North and the East, the same way he dealt with terrorism.
Even before the poll, President Rajapaksa had begun the task of
rebuilding the North and the East. The progress made so far with regard
to the infrastructure facilities highlights the President's desire for
making the North and East regions safer and more prosperous than ever
Therefore, the TNA and other political parties should rethink their
political stance and coorperate with President Rajapaksa instead of
leading the people of the North and the East on the wrong path.