TNA refutes Wigneswaran’s charge on right to self determination

Wigneswaran 2The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has refuted Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran’s contention that it has reneged in its commitment to secure for the Tamils of Sri Lanka the right to self determination, the New Indian Express reported.

Wigneswaran had told TNA members in the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) earlier this week, that the TNA had pledged itself to securing for the Tamils self determination in its manifesto for the 2013 NPC elections, but it had not mentioned it in its manifesto for the August 2015 Lankan parliamentary elections. He was insinuating that the TNA’s leadership had struck a cozy relationship with the Sinhalese leaders in Colombo to the detriment of the Tamils.

Refuting this contention the party’s leaders said that the manifesto for the August 2015 parliamentary elections had clearly stated self determination as a goal.

“The 2015 manifesto has more to say on self-determination,” TNA spokesman, M.A.Sumanthiran told Express.

The 2015 manifesto said: “The Tamil People are entitled to the right to self-determination in keeping with United Nations International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, both of which Sri Lanka has accepted and acceded to.”

“Power sharing arrangements must continue to be established as it existed earlier in a unit of a merged Northern and Eastern Provinces based on a Federal structure.”

It demanded “devolution of power on the basis of shared sovereignty shall be over land, law and order, enforcement of the law so as to ensure the safety and security of the Tamil People, socio-economic development including inter-alia health, education, higher and vocational education, agriculture, fisheries, industries, livestock development, cultural affairs, mustering of resources, both domestic and foreign and fiscal powers.”

The manifesto for the 2013 NPC elections had said: “The Tamil People are entitled to the right to self-determination. Power sharing arrangements must be established in a unit of a merged Northern and Eastern Provinces based on a Federal structure.”

Further, “devolution of power on the basis of shared sovereignty shall necessarily be over land, law and order, socio-economic development including health and education, resources and fiscal powers.” (Colombo Gazette)

4 COMMENTS

  1. It looks like that Tamil problem is being discussed between Mr. Wigneswaran & TNA and not with the Govt. In the past, Tamils were taken for a ride by successive govts but today Wiggy
    is taking them for a ride. Can any Tamil believe that, although one year has passed with the
    Present govt. in power, TNA has not engaged the govt. for talks, not even on one occasion.

  2. One year is short period to solve A 70-YEAR MESS any amount of goodwill notwithstanding.

    What is taking place within the Tamil leadership is healthy and beautiful for democracy.

    • 70 Years of crimes against the Tamils must be addressed, accountability and Justice with independent investigators and foreign judges required as Sinhala DNA is full of crimes, oppression, rape, murder, torture and denial of Justice to the Tamils.

  3. Sumanthiran should be removed from the TNA for his nonsense as CV Vigneswaran does not require interpretation of what was in the manifesto. It is the wish of the Tamils who demand Eelam as the successive Sinhaa Buddhist Apartheid regimes not only failed to address the Tamils’ grievances but committed genocide.

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