Secret pacts won’t solve Tamil problems – Douglas
problems of the Tamils cannot be solved through secret pacts signed with
other political parties like the TNA had done and the attempts to
address the Tamil issues should always be open to the Sinhala community
in the South if such attempts are to be successful, EPDP leader and
former Minister Douglas Devananda said. He said that none of the
attempts to solve the ethnic problem through secret pacts and deals by
political parties had ever been successful as they had no people’s
The EPDP leader said though the TNA had promised to solve the Tamil
problems in the North based on the secret deals they had reached with
the southern political parties they will never become a reality as such
secret pacts had always been opposed by the Sinhala community.
He said the Northern people who voted President Maitripala Sirisena
to power at the January election on the TNA request are now disappointed
with the TNA leaders as they had not shown any interest to resolve,
their issues Devananda said.
He said the TNA had never shown any interest to resolve the issues of
the Tamils through the governments in power though they are elected to
Parliament by the votes of the Tamils. “The EPDP had always been
flexible to address the Tamil issues through the governments in power
without being adamant. We followed the give and take policy to address
our issues’ Devananda said.
He said the TNA led Northern Provincial Council is also not catering
to the needs of the Northern people as they always try to find a reason
for not carrying out its functions.
“Earlier, The TNA said that they could not function due to the
Governor and the Chief Secretary. Even after the new appointments were
made they are not serving the people in the North”, the EPDP leader
said. He said the EPDP is contesting the election as a single party this
time as it has a different approach to address the Tamil issues in the