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Sri Lanka's northern region needs Tamil policemen: Wigneswaran

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

Sri Lanka's Tamil-dominated northern region needs Tamil-speaking policemen to serve the people, newly elected Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran said today.

"Policemen serving in the north with no Tamil language skills and cultural understanding was an annoyance for a long time," Wigneswaran said while speaking at the historic first session of the northern provincial council in Jaffna.

He said that policemen working in the north must be educated on the police powers stipulated under the 13th Amendment to the constitution.

Wigneswaran also said he wished to see all Muslims displaced and evicted during the LTTE's military campaign be resettled.

Nearly 100,000 Muslims from Jaffna were chased out by the LTTE in 1990 with the commencement of the second phase of their war with the government troops.

On the issues of de-scaling of the military presence in the north and the vexed question of lands occupied by the military, Wigneswaran said he would work with the government in Colombo.

Prior to the convening of the council, Wigneswaran and Northern Governor Maj Gen (retd.) GA Chandrasiri ceremonially opened the new building for the northern provincial council.

Chandrasiri was Jaffna's military commander at the launching of the victorious final military campaign.

VK Sivagnanam, who was the Municipal Commissioner in Jaffna both under the period of LTTE and government control, was appointed Chairman of NPC. His deputy is Anton jeganathan.

Earlier, the new councillors took part in an orientation programme which has taught them about the council conventions, standing orders and the rest of the rules governing the body.

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) won the September 21 elections, the first in the north since the crushing defeat of the LTTE in 2009.

First Published: Fri, October 25 2013. 14:47 IST