It has been nearly half a year since Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena was elected to office, and he and his administration have been seeking the path of reconciliation ever since. Unfortunately, it’s going to be a slow process that will take generations to achieve. The beginning is going to be frustrating for everyone involved, especially for those who suffered the most.
I reported in February that Sirisena promised to give back most of the land taken from the Tamils by the military, but thus far it seems that not much has been given back and the military continues to engage in commercial activities on these seized lands.
The Sri Lankan High Commission in London countered by stating that this report exaggerated the extent of the military’s activity on the captured lands, that the government has already returned several to their original owners, and that it will continue to do so.
It should be noted that earlier this year, both President Maithripala Sirisena and Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera have met with Tamil Diaspora groups in London, England as part of reconciliation efforts.