Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sigh of relief with LTTE defeat

(SO)People of all three communities are heaving a sigh of relief as the three decade long war has now ended, after the total defeat of the LTTE, but much has to be done with regard to restoration of democracy in the war torn areas, including disarming of armed groups, TULF leader V. Anandasangaree told the Sunday Observer.

With polls to the 28 Pradeshiya Sabhas in the North and the Jaffna MC round the corner, armed groups that are continuing their undemocratic and anti-social activities, including extortion of money, kidnapping and intimidation of people, should be disarmed. People who want to come out openly and do politics are reluctant due to the active presence of these armed groups, Sangaree said. People of the war torn areas suffered untold hardships in the hands of the LTTE. They are now happy but somewhat disappointed over the presence of other armed groups. Unless all these groups surrender their weapons to the government security forces, restoration of democracy in full in the North and East will not be possible, he stated. Full text