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* Sri Lankan minister calls for giving equal status to both Sinhala and Tamil languages
Wed, Jan 22, 2014, 09:24 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 22, Colombo: A minister of the Sri Lankan government says that both the Sinhala and Tamil languages should be given equal status.

National Languages and Social Integration Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara said at an event in the North that a majority of the people in the country speaks either Sinhala or Tamil and the two languages should therefore be given equal status in every aspect.

Observing that there was hardly any difference between the people in the North and the South, the Minister explained that equal status for both languages would help the smooth functioning of the civil administration and also would lead to greater understanding between the two communities.

According to Nanayakkara, giving equal prominence to Sinhala and Tamil languages will enhance the integrity and the wellbeing of all citizens in the country.

Although both Sinhala and Tamil are official languages in the country, the use of languages are limited to the regions with Sinhala being the major language in the South and Tamil in the North and East.

The Sri Lankan government believes knowledge to communicate in all three languages Sinhala, Tamil and English will make the reconciliation process between the communities easier.

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