Leader of the House Minister Kiriella has told the opponents of proscription of Diaspora not to rouse racism over the issue.
Responding to charges in Parliament against the government over proscription of diaspora, he said:
There was suffering of Tamils’ under the former Government. UPFA and the United National Front looks at this matter differently. All Tamils were branded traitors or terrorists including all their organisations during your tenure. The new Government has a different agenda and a new approach.
“We have discussed matters with intelligence services as well as INTERPOL. We understand that the previous Government chased after innocent Tamil people. Our approach is different. I would like to remind how your Government barred foreign people visiting the North last year almost five months before the election was held. Even Tamils from abroad who had relatives in the North were not allowed. Neither television channels nor journalists were allowed. We took this up in Parliament.
There is a committee headed by Minister of Foreign Affairs established on this matter. The Defense Secretary is also a member in this committee. Terrorism Investigation Division, Criminal Investigation Department, Directorate of Military Intelligence, National Intelligence Bureau, Attorney General’s Department, Foreign Service, Financial Investigations Division, and Central Bank representatives are part of this committee who took the decision to remove the selected organisations and persons from this list.
We considered two factor among many other – terrorist financing by any of the organisations within the last three years and updates received for the last three years.” –