The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today called on the Government to free Tamil political prisoners before holding a festival for the diaspora in Sri Lanka.
TNA Batticaloa District Parliamentarian P. Ariyanenthiran said that the Government has kept saying they will release the Tamil political prisoners but yet they have not been freed.
He said that the Tamils cannot accept holding a festival for the Tamil Diaspora before measures are taken to release the Tamils in jail.
The Government had recently said that it will be holding a major festival in Colombo with the participation of the Sri Lankan diaspora.
Ariyanenthiran said that the TNA welcomes holding a festival for the diaspora but cannot accept priority been given for such an event and not the release of Tamil political prisoners. (Colombo Gazette)