Minister of Public Security, Rear Admiral (retired) Sarath Weerasekara says that Mahinda Rajapaksa Government should have banned the largest Tamil political party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) at the end of the war against Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ellam (LTTE) in 2009.
In May 2009 Sri Lanka government armed forces defeated the LTTE which had been waging a war against the Sri Lanka Government. LTTE was fighting for a separate Tamil homeland, in the North and East of Sri Lanka.
Weerasekara made these comments while participating in the Committee Stage debate on the Appropriation Bill of 2021. According to Weerasekara the TNA is the ‘political voice’ of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
“The normal practice of the world is banning the political voices of terrorist organisations. When Nazi Leader Adolf Hitler was defeated, the Nazi movement was banned in Germany”
“There are several other countries which did the exact same. But the TNA, the political voice of the world’s most dangerous terror organisation, is operating freely. Even now, they speak in favour of terrorism. They speak separatist views in this Parliament. They got advantage of the sympathy of the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. It was a very big mistake to not ban the TNA back then,” he has further said.
With the inputs from Ceylon Today.