May 18 marks the ‘Remembrance Day’ of all who died in the war

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 05:41 GMT, May 15, 2015 |

The new Sri Lankan government, which has pledged to achieve reconciliation among the communities, has announced that May 18, which was marked as the Victory Day for the last five years, will be marked as a ‘Remembrance Day’ to commemorate all who died in the war. Since the war against Tamil Tiger terrorists ended on May 18, in 2009, the day was celebrated as a day of triumph and victory achieved by the security forces against terrorism.

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) member of the Northern Provincial Council R.Sambandhan has announced that the Tamils will mark the week from May 13-19 as the “genocidal week” to commemorate the Tamils died in the war including the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadres. Also, he said that, May 18, which was celebrated as “Victory Day” during the Rajapaksa era will from this year onwards be observed as “Remembrance Day” to recall the sacrifices of all those who had fought to maintain the unity and integrity of the country irrespective of their ethnicity. So the decision taken by the new government is commendable.

Also he remembered that, the problems of the missing people, the military men who were jailed and many other problems have to be solved and the government’s new decision is not enough.