Northern Province CM to discuss ex-Tamil rebels with Sri Lanka PM

Northern Province CM to discuss ex-Tamil rebels with Sri Lanka PM

Colombo, Aug 22 (IANS) Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran on Monday said he will meet Prime Minister Ranil Wickremeinghe to discuss concerns on former Tamil Tiger rebels.

Wigneswaran said he will discuss with Wickremeinghe the allegations that former rebels who were released after being rehabilitated were injected with a poisonous drug, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Chief Minister will also discuss concerns over the failure to release Tamil political prisoners being still in detention.

The government said it was prepared to investigate the allegations if the details of such former rebels were submitted to relevant authorities.

Wigneswaran sought US assistance to help probe the issue but Washington had turned down the request.

Minister of National Dialogue Mano Ganeshan said there was no need for Wigneswaran to take the issue to the international community as it could be investigated locally.

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