NPC Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran’s Visit to the US‏

WASHINGTON (July 19 2015)  Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister Justice C.V. Wigneswaran visited the US from June 27 – July 13. He was the chief guest at the FeTNA annual Tamil convention held in San Jose, CA. The speech that merited standing ovation from 2,000 attendees can be accessed here in Tamil and in English.

Justice Wigneswaran also spoke at length at the USTPAC Semi Annual General Meeting. President of USTPAC Dr. Karunyan Arulanantham welcomed the Chief Minister : “Mr. Wigneswaran stands for all the reforms that have been promised, but not yet delivered by administrations past and present: demilitarization, accountability for war crimes, the return of lands to rightful Tamil owners and the release of information on political prisoners.” Thereafter he attended public meetings in Los Angeles, Washington DC, New Jersey etc. He also met with officials at various levels at the State Department, with NGOs, Think-tanks and Congresspersons at the Congressional Caucus for Ethnic and Religious Freedom in Sri Lnaka, the World Bank and several high ranking UN officials in New York. While in Washington, The Hill published an op-ed he wrote titled,SRILANKA: Seize this opportunity for true reform.


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