Tamil National Alliance, Northern Provincial Council member M K Shivajilingam has called for a political solution for the Tamils to be created through a negotiated process between Sinhalese and Tamil leaders mediated by India, USA and the EU along with the UN.
He said that the mediating parties can function as witnesses and guarantors to the implementation of the solution.
Shivajilingam made the proposal in his submission made to the Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reforms during its hearing in Jaffna yesterday.
“The Tamil people in the island of Sri Lanka have been struggling for their political rights for about 70 years without any solution to their grievances. More than two-hundred thousand people have been killed in the struggle. In order to achieve permanent peace in the island, it is essential that the Tamils’ grievances are addressed and resolved. A strong flawless unassailable political system of equal treatment, opportunity, and power to all its peoples, will ensure a permanent, sustainable, and peaceful solution to the long conflict in the country. To achieve this, a credible, trustworthy, and honorable process is an absolute necessity; hence, a process with the involvement, assistance, and assurance from India, USA, EU, and the UN is important and required,” he said in his proposal.
Shivajilingam said that a new constitution that offers each region the utmost autonomy which can ensure all its peoples equal-treatment, equal-opportunity, and equal-power without any preferential treatment to any specific people, should be implemented.
“The Tamil people shall continue to have the right to self-determination. At the end of 5 years from the Agreement or at any time, the Tamil people shall be entitled to a UN monitored Referendum should the Govt. of Sri Lanka fail to implement the agreement, or the Tamil people consider it to be necessary to conduct the Referendum to determine their political future,” he added.
He says the proposed system of Government should be sharing of power between the Central and the States, and called “Union of Sri Lanka” and the power should be devolved to the greatest extent possible, and that unless and otherwise explicitly delegated, all powers should rest with the States.
“The State for the Tamils shall be the contiguous North-East region consisting of traditional Tamil areas. It will ensure equality among its citizens, and treat all its peoples including the Sinhalese equal without any discrimination. It will be a secular State,” he added.
He noted that in the new Constitution each State should have veto power on any issues that require voting but the veto can be challenged by the Federal Unit by conducting Referendum in that State on the issue concerned. (Colombo Gazette)