by Congressman Danny K Davis (D), Illinois, Marking the 3rd Anniversary of the “End of Civil War in Sri Lanka’ | Delivered in the 112th Congress on the Legislative Day of 17th May, 2012
Thank you Madam, Chairman
It is my pleasure to rise today, to note the 3rd Anniversary of the ending of the civil war in Sri Lanka.
U.S. Representative for Illinois’s 7th congressional district, Danny K. Davis, serving since 1997, speaking on House floor on May 17, 2012
On May 19, 2009, a new era – an era of peace began in this country, an era of hope, an era of possibility and an era of justice with movement towards reconnection and reconciliation.
Unfortunately implementation of this new era of hope seem to be slow in coming. And still seem to Many Tamils in the country and throughout the diaspora who have lingering fears that the governance of the country will remain closed and not as democratically operated as they would like to see and that justice demands.
The President of Sri Lanka started talks with the Tamil National Alliance, the party that has won all elections in the North and East since the end of the war more than a year ago. Unfortunately these talks seem to have bogged down, and are not progressing as was anticipated.
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Sri Lanka is a highly centralized state. The lack of control of areas that we take for granted such as the police, the use of land and the education system are often cited as being one of the causes of the civil war.
It is reported that even areas not affected by war suffer from neglect by Colombo and distant government officials who make arbitrary decisions, as its frequently noted by the World Bank and others.
Tensions continue to exist between the Sinhalese who control the government and the Tamils who consider the North and East as their traditional homeland.
It is unfortunate that after hostilities ended on the battlefield, they still seem to exist in many of the same ways that occurred before the war actually broke out.
It is my hope that Sri Lanka would be able to work through it difficulties so that this beautiful country can experience the peace and stability its citizens rightly deserve.
The peace and stability its citizens rightly deserve.
I Thank you Madam Speaker