An Important Document Sent to the Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council
Wednesday 24 May 2017
ஆரியசக்கரவர்த்தி வம்சம்ආර්ය චක්රවර්තී රාජවංශය
Arya Cakravartti Dynasty
Dear Honourable Justice C. V. Wignesewaran,
(The Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council)
Since the civil war ended in 2009, I have been observing the situation of my Motherland. I would like to bring to your kind attention that I am deeply concerned about my people, the present situation in the Northern and Eastern parts of the country and about the preservation of the cultural heritage and traditions of the Tamil people.
THE FOLLOWING SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED:
The rich cultural heritage of the Kingdom of Jaffna and the Tamil Culture and the Language should be protected and no one should be allowed to destroy it. During the reign of my ancestors it was an Independent Kingdom under the Arya Cakravarttis, which existed in Jaffna. The Tamil people had a Sovereign State in the island and they should be proud of their rich heritage. All efforts should be made to restore the cultural heritage, the traditions and it should be preserved.
The Heritage sites are a symbol of history and those heritage sites are the greatest significance for our connection to the past. Therefore, all historical sites and monuments in the Northern and Eastern parts of the country should be preserved and restored to its former glory for future generations.
The ethnic conflict of the Tamil people has not yet been solved and also the longstanding legitimate grievances of the Tamil people should be addressed. The Tamil people should get proper recognition as a nation within Sri Lanka. I urge all Politicians of the Northern and Eastern Provinces to put aside their political differences and to join hands together and to engage with the Government of Sri Lanka in order to solve the ethnic conflict without any further delay.
The legitimate aspersion and rights of the Tamil people should be accommodated in the new constitution with the consent of the elected representatives. Once it is done the provisions of the constitution should be implemented with the support and cooperation of the people’s of Sri Lanka.
If the ethnic conflict would have been solved in the early stage we could have prevented many issues. It is important now to put an end by implementing a political solution to the longstanding ethnic issue. I would also like to take this opportunity to remind that politicians are accountable and should serve the people and fulfil the people’s demands.
The Tamil people should be granted the right to internal self-determination. In fact internal self-determination is the right of the people of a state to govern themselves without influence from outside and all people are entitled to it. The right to self-determination was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly.
I urge all Sri Lankan Tamil people rather than going in different directions, put aside your differences and stay united and work together to achieve your goals.
No one needs another war or another armed struggle in the country. What exactly did we gain from this war? But we have lost many lives on both sides. Therefore the people of Sri Lanka should be able to live without any fear of war and we must not allow history to repeat itself.
Some may think through war and violence they could achieve their rights and dignity. War is not the answer to achieve your goals. A bridge of trust must be built between the two communities; by mutual understanding and by communicating you can achieve your goals. A political solution to the Tamil problem could be achieved through peaceful means.
After thirty years of civil war which ended eight years ago on the island, the people have lost their homes, loved ones and their dreams. For the past many years people are still undergoing immense difficulties in their day to day lives and in my view the reconciliation process is very slow and not as effective as expected.
Therefore to re-establish their livelihoods, everyone must come forward and should continue with rehabilitation, reconstruction and redevelopment of the affected people and affected areas. I urge the Government of Sri Lanka that a genuine National Reconciliation process should be fully implemented without feather delay.
Last year, the Government of Sri Lanka has established the Office on Missing Persons (OMP), and families are demanding answers. Therefore investigation should be conducted of the disappearances and missing persons and the families of the victims should be provided with proper answers. Also United Nations Human Rights Council resolution should be implemented in a faithful manner.
During the war the lands which were acquired for military purposes in the Northern and Eastern parts of the island should be returned to the rightful owners without feather delay.
There have been several incidents carried out by unidentified groups in the Northern and Eastern provinces. Such as sword attacks, robberies and many cases of violence against young girls and women. Strict punishment should be given to the culprits and the authorities should take appropriate measures to ensure their safety.
Narcotic drugs are being smuggled into the country. In recent years, use of drugs has been increased among young people in the Northern and other parts of the country. Drugs are ruining our young generation and drug trafficking is a serious offence. Therefore I urge the Law Enforcement Authorities that Narcotic drugs should be eliminated in the country and drug traffickers should face severe punishment.
Since the civil war ended in 2009, I am deeply concerned about the redevelopment plan of the Northern Province. Therefore, I urge the Northern Provincial Council should utilise the funds which are been granted by the Government of Sri Lanka for development purposes of the Northern Province and “Yalppanam” should be restored to its former glory.
I wish that all Sri Lankan Tamil people should be able to return to their home country and live without any fear.
May peace prevail over the people of Sri Lanka.
Sgnd/. RAJA REMIGIUS KANAGARAJAH OF JAFFNA
H.E Hon. Maithripala Sirisena, The President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
H.E. Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
H.E. Hon. Reginald Cooray, The Governor of the Norther Provincial Council.