Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) member Namal Rajapaksa, the son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, says the Government has placed Sri Lanka’s National security at risk.
He said that while positive steps are being taken toward strengthening national reconciliation, there is a concern that not enough is being done to also strengthen national security.
“For example, the Government has started eliminating high-security zones. Handing back private lands to their owners is important. But the question is whether the Government intends on eliminating all high security zones in regions that were dominated by LTTE activities not too long ago? Then earlier in March, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said, in Parliament, that the Government is considering lifting the existing ban on Tamil diaspora groups, perhaps forgetting that the ban was first imposed because there was evidence of these groups working to revive the LTTE. It is quite puzzling as to why the Government would consider such measures. It seems that the present Government is blind to the continuing threat of LTTE remnants, even when an organization such as the European Union has reimposed its ban on the terrorist group. Amidst all this, the Government is more concerned about things like banning full-faced helmets. It would be laughable if it wasn’t so worrying,” he said.
Rajapaksa says the people are afraid that remnants of the LTTE could be given the space to become powerful again and that the uture does not seem too promising.