Tamil Diplomat

‘Telling truth can never be racism’: Wigneswaran’s response to Prime Minster

In response to Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe’s remark on the genocide resolution passed by the Northern Provincial Council, the Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council Justice C.V. Wigneswaran has said “requesting to expose truth cannot be racism. Goodwill can only come out through the realisation of truth”.

Criticising the genocide resolution few days back, Ranil Wickramasinghe has said “don’t play with the government of good governance. This is the final warning for racists”.

It was in response to this Prime Minister’s statement that Wigneswaran has responded so today.

Further he said:

“It is regret to know that what has happened in the Northern Provincial Council (NPC), has been interpreted as racism. Telling truth can never be racism. This is what was expressed through the resolution passed at the NPC.  Goodwill can come out only through knowing the truth.

We brought this resolution after knowing the fact from the US representative that the international community was trying to postpone the resolution. We brought this resolution to let everyone know the mood our people.

We are surprised to know that the Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe has said that the international community has slapped on our cheek, whilst we have passed this resolution after studying the mind of the UN to defer the presentation of the report. This is like putting the horse behind the cart.

This is the response of the Prime Minister for our request to change the political culture. Prime Minister is trying to make a fact that we cannot expect a genuine goodwill from anybody in the South. But, I am not thinking so.   Sinhala people are really very nice people. It is their politicians who have misguided them all these years.

For example, I don’t need to explain to Ranil that who burned the Constitution Bill, in the parliament presented by former President Chandrika Bandaranayake Kumaratunga without thinking the country. They did this for a short-term gain, not for the betterment of the country”.