TULF calls for Indian model

The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) led by V. Anandasangaree has called for a political solution in Sri Lanka based on an Indian model.

In a memorandum submitted to a visiting Indian parliamentary delegation, Anandasangaree says India must also give an assurance to the government that it will never permit the division of the country.

“I strongly urged the Indian delegation to impress on the Sri Lankan Government to accept the advice of the Indian Government, to find a solution based on the Indian Model and to rest assured that India will never permit the division of the country,” he said.

The TULF also told the Indian delegation that while claiming that LTTE terrorism is completely eradicated, the government continues to open more and more army camps in the north giving another false excuse that the LTTE is regrouping abroad.

Anandasangaree says the Presence of the army all over the places had curtailed the freedom of the people and the freedom of speech in particular.

He says large quantity of gold and cash ceased during the war could be utilized, if necessary with additional fund provided by the Government, to build houses or to repair them and also provide equipments and compensation for the lives lost.

“Sri Lanka is very much under obligation to India. Our culture, Languages, religions and above all, we all came from India. Depending on our needs and during natural disasters it was always India that came to help us. As far as possible we should solve our problems with Indian guidance and help. We should avoid causing embarrassment to India and by doing so we could have avoided the present turmoil in India and would not have lost the goodwill and earned the displeasure of many countries,” he added.

Anandasangaree says at a time when the country as a whole should have consoled the innocent victims of the war who had lost everything including some of their kith and kin and had also undergone untold hardships, some activities of the Government put them into more trouble.

“At a time like this when the Government should act with sympathy it is painful to see the Government  trying to settled different ethnic groups in their midst and trying to replace statues of deities of one faith with statues of another faith,” he said. (Colombo Gazette)