The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) today urged Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to include all Political parties of the Tamil speaking people in talks to reach a political solution for the Tamils.
TULF Secretary General V. Anandasangaree noted that the Prime Minister had informed the Japanese Parliament that he has commenced talks with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and other political parties on the ethic issue and that a solution will be found soon.
“I very sincerely urge you to include all Political parties of the Tamil speaking people along with the others you choose. Confining your discussion only with the TNA will prove detrimental. Past experience had taught us that coming to terms with one group can neverbe implemented successfully. In the past it had been the practice to have talks on the ethnic issue with only one party. All such talks failed and as a result our people had been untold hardships. Please take into consideration the experience gained on such occasions, without repeating the same mistake, set up a special committee comprised of the concerned parties and commence talks,” he said.
He reminded the Prime Minister that the TULF had been a moderate Tamil Political Party that had 18 members in Parliament once and could elect the leader of the opposition on its own strength.
“That is not the situation today. The TULF had 14 Members in Parliament when the Parliament was prematurely dissolved in 2004 without any valid reason and justification, when the Parliament and your Prime Minister ship still had four more years to go. I don’t want to raise the hornets’ nest now but will only remind you as to how the TULF goteradicated at the 2004 elections. I need not remind you that political parties win and lose elections depending on the circumstances only. I wish to know what position each Political Party hold in your National Government,” Anandasangaree added. (Colombo Gazette)