NPC offers support to the Govt. In advancing national reconciliation

(April 17, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The conclusion of the Presidential and General elections and the big electoral victories achieved by the government can pave the way to a long period of political stability instead of continuing polarization. With the government close to obtaining a 2/3 majority in Parliament, it is well positioned to take leadership in addressing the many deep-rooted problems in society. For the first time in three decades Sri Lanka also faces no systematic threat of non-state political violence.

The National Peace Council congratulates President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the government on their electoral victories which were on a scale not witnessed before. At this time when the eyes of the world are upon post-war Sri Lanka, NPC would like to support the government in the steps that it takes towards advancing national reconciliation. But we are also concerned at the voter turnout which was the lowest ever at the recently held General Election, particularly in the north of the country. A government formed by the ethnic majority vote will not have inclusive democracy if the minorities are not well represented in governance.

There is a need to rebuild confidence in all sections of the population that true democracy is about the wellbeing of all, as posited by Mahatma Gandhi, and is about an inclusive spirit of decision-making rather than ignoring and steamrolling over the opposition. We believe that positive steps in this direction will obtain the support of the great majority of Sri Lankan people, civil society and the international community, and help can consolidate democratic governance in Sri Lanka.