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Don’t need foreign intervention to resolve ethnic issues: Sri Lankan president

Don’t need foreign intervention to resolve ethnic issues: Sri Lankan president

COLOMBO: President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday said Sri Lanka does not need outside intervention in its internal affairs, as he invited the country’s Tamil minority parties to hold talks next week to resolve some of the outstanding issues they faced. “I invite you to have talks next week and settle all outstanding issues before the 75th anniversary of independence”, Wickremesinghe told the Tamil party lawmakers while addressing parliament.
Sri Lanka will be celebrating its 75th anniversary of independence from Britain on February 4, 2023. “We don’t need others to intervene in our country’s matters. We can solve our issues,” he said.
India has been consistently calling upon Sri Lanka to fulfil its commitments to protect the interests of the Tamil community. Wickremesinghe said the government had already discussed issues that had resulted in the release of some of the Tamil prisoners who had been held due to links with LTTE acts of terror.
The government released several Tamil prisoners last month who had been held under the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) without a charge over decades.
Wickremesinghe also told parliament that a new Counter-Terrorism Act and new anti-corruption legislation would be passed in January or February.
The President said he was keen to develop the north and the east, the former battle zones of the economy to give benefits to people. There was no immediate response by the Tamil parties to the president invitation.

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