Addressing the 9th Mulliwaikkal commemoration ceremony, Northern Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran described this attempt as “half-baked solutions.” The commemoration ceremony was initiated by the lighting of the flame by Kesawan Vinitha who had lost both her parents during the war.
Tamil genocide day:
Addressing the commemoration speech, Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran said the Tamil Genocide day should be celebrated every year on May 18.
He said those who claim that Ruwanda and Bosnia took decades to get justice for genocide are trying to get the Tamils to agree to half-baked solutions. He pointed out that the international community had gained experiences from
such genocides of the past and should prevent such genocides as that in Mulliwaikkal.
He charged that in Sri Lanka a persons race is taken into consideration when deciding if he is a criminal, blaming the government for taking a long time in providing justice for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Sivagilingam appeals to the Sinhala people:
Speaking to journalists in Sinhala, Northern Provincial Council member M.K. Sivajilingam expressed doubt that justice will be served for the genocide victims.
He appealed to the Sinhala people to join hands in ensuring justice for the Tamil people.
Several commemoration ceremonies were held in commemoration of those killed during the war in the North and East.
A commemoration ceremony was held at the Shiva temple in Trincomalee under the patronage of the Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan.
Army soldiers were seen providing cool drinks to those who were attending the Mulliwaikkal commemoration.
According to the UN, the number of civilians killed during the war is at least 70,000.
The government however, refuses to officially accept that unarmed civilians were killed during the war.
However, the current Army Commander and the Cabinet Spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne have admitted that civilian casualties are inevitable during a war.