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Sri Lanka's ex-president warns of anarchy

07-25-2011 14:15 BJT

COLOMBO, July 25 (Xinhua) -- A former Sri Lankan president has warned that the country is moving towards "anarchy" and called on its leaders to take the lead in the task of reconciliation and reconstruction.

Chandrika Kumaratunga, who was president of Sri Lanka before the incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa came to power in 2005, was quoted by her office Monday as saying that although Sri Lanka has won the war with the rebels it is yet to win the battle for peace.

Kumaratunga, who is still a member of the current ruling party, had during her term as president, proposed a new constitution guaranteeing Tamil minority rights as a solution to the country's long-running civil war.

However the proposed constitution was rejected by the country' s then legislators as it was seen by some political groups as an attempt to give Tamil Tiger rebels a separate state.

The Tamil Tiger rebels had been fighting for a separate state before its defeat at the hands of the Sri Lankan military two years ago.

Kumaratunga said the consistent rejection by previous governments to demands by minority Tamils for language parity led to increased demands for power sharing through federalism and finally for a separate state by Tamil Tiger rebels.

"We are a divided nation where the Sinhala Buddhists are projected as the dominant force and others excluded. The country is deteriorating to a level of anarchy," she said.

At local council elections held over the weekend, the ruling party led by President Rajapaksa came out on top but yet failed to win support in the Tamil dominated north and east of the country.

Tamils in the north and east voted for a Tamil political party, the Tamil National Alliance, which had at one time supported the policies of the Tamil Tiger rebels.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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