Communities living in peace and amity - Prime Minister
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka today is facing a terrorist problem rather
than an ethnic problem. Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim communities are living
in peace and amity throughout the country while a band of terrorists
have taken the law into their own hands in a small part of the North
trying to portray Sri Lankans as barbarians to the outside world, said
Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake.
The Prime Minister expressed those views when a visiting Chinese
delegation led by China's Director for Asian Affairs Wang Yungse called
on him at the Prime Minister's office recently.
Wickremanayake said although Sinhalese constituted 72 percent of the
country's total population they have become a minority in Colombo city
where Tamils constitute the majority.
Tamils in Colombo are living in peace engaging in their vocations
with full freedom and to say that Tamils are oppressed in the South
would be an insult to Sri Lanka and the Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim
A press release by the Prime Minister's office said long-standing
economic, political and cultural relations between Sri Lanka and China
were discussed at length during this meeting.
Wickremanayke said: "Asia today had surpassed Europe in the economic
and other fields. The Day China would become world's economic giant was
not too far. China today is funding nine giant projects in Sri Lanka.
Wang Yungse said he would soon launch a programme to develop tourism
between China and Sri Lanka.