Tamil Diplomat

TNA reiterates federal solution based on shared sovereignty and right to self-determination

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), in its election manifesto released today in Maruthanamadam Jaffna , said it is committed to the self-determination for Tamils and the re-merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces under federal structure on the basis of shared sovereignty .

TNA- coalition of five parties also said the 13th Amendment to the constitution, which was part of the Indo-Lanka accord, is flawed as power is concentrated at the Center and its agent, the Governor.

While pointing out that Tamil-speaking Muslims would be entitled to be beneficiaries of “all power-sharing arrangements in the North-East,” the  TNA said “this will no way inflict any disability on any people.”

“The Tamil speaking Muslim historical inhabitants shall be entitled to be beneficiaries of all power sharing arrangements to the North – East. This will no way inflict any disability on any people. Devolution of power on the basis of shared sovereignty shall be over land, law and order and enforcement of the law so as to ensure the safety and security of the Tamil people,” TNA leader R. Sampanthan who released the manifesto, said.

“I am hopeful that they will realise that majoritarianism is not a solution to the country’s national problem”,  Sampanthan  was quoted by The Hindu as saying during an interaction with the Journalists during the release of the manifesto.

“Asked whether the TNA would make the acceptance of its demands as a pre-condition to getting its support in the post-election scenario, Mr Sampanthan replied in the negative and said the Alliance would engage itself with everyone. Its approach would be positive and constructive” , The Hindu reported.

“Accountability and Reconciliation are fundamental to genuine and permanent peace in Sri Lanka,” Sampanthan added.

The TNA election manifesto, however stressed that all the proposals in the document must be enacted and implemented within the framework of a united and undivided Sri Lanka.

The TNA manifesto also calls for “meaningful demilitarization, resulting in the return to the pre-war situation as it existed in 1983 before the commencement of hostilities by the removal of armed forces, military apparatuses and High Security and Restricted zones.

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