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* Marxist movement in Sri Lanka says government actions lead for separatism in the North
Wed, Dec 4, 2013, 08:38 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 04, Colombo: A movement affiliated to Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), says the government's actions pave the way for separatism to continue in the Northern Province.

Co-convener of the People's Wall of Comradeship, parliamentarian Sunil Handunnetti said that even almost five years after the end of the war, the government is continuing to act in a manner that further polarizes communities and pave the way for separatism in the country.

He explained that the government needs to pay attention to the problems faced by the people in the North and work towards providing solutions to them.

"The government has failed to build reconciliation among the people in the North who have been battered by a war for almost 30 years," Handunnetti said.

He noted that the people in the North have been killed, assaulted, abducted and even gone missing, but the government has failed to conduct proper investigations into these issues and bring to justice those who were responsible for such heinous acts.

"It is difficult to comprehend how crimes can be committed in an area like the North where there's a heavy presence of the military and intelligence personnel. We know how well the intelligence units act since we are constantly hounded when we carry out our work in the North," Handunnetti said.

"However, the actions or the failures of the government has resulted in the deterioration of democracy in the North, which is a bad situation," he added.

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