Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Tamil Tigers Surrendered

If Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapaksa meant what he said about reconciliation, this could be a welcome step towards peace in Sri Lanka, and certainly the Tigers won't be missed much.

But the international community must keep a close eye on Rajapaksa and his regime. The appearance of anti-Tamil discrimination (or even ethnic cleansing) must be quickly revealed and decried, especially right now when the urge to "consolidate victory" will be at its strongest.

The Tamils deserve to be treated as full Sri Lankan citizens with full civil rights; there will be no lasting peace without that.

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