Sri Lanka's moves to pluralism blocked by LTTE

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Colombo, Sep 27 (UNI) Intolerance of LTTE has reduced the participation of Tamils in the Sri Lankan Government and army over recent years, Prof Rajiva Wijesinha, Secretary General of the Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP), said.

Speaking in a right of reply at the 6th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, he said the efforts of the Sri Lankan government towards pluralism by incorporating Tamils in the democratic process were blocked by the intolerance of the Tamil Tigers, the ColomboPage reported.

He said this in response to a comment by Visuvalingham Kirupataran, a representative of the NGO Interfaith International, that racism and xenophobia existed in Sri Lanka.

SCOPP Secretary General said the government regrets the lack of Tamils in the armed forces and high positions in the government of the country.

''It was important to recognise that there was tremendous pressure on minorities by the Tigers not to join the police and the army. The world should realise that the attempts of the government to move towards pluralism were stymied by attacks by the Tigers on those Tamils who were trying to participate fully in the democratic process,'' he said.

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