The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) today accused the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) of being a curse on the Tamils.
TULF Secretary General V. Anandasangaree said that the year 2004 was one of the most crucial periods in the history of Sri Lanka.
“Lot of tragic events had taken place before 2004 and many followed after that. But 2004 becomes a land mark in our history. A Golden opportunity that came on our way, to ease the prevailing tense situation in the country and to find a solution, was regrettably missed due to mishandling of the opportunity that came to us. It now appears as if the Tamil National Alliance is a curse that had befallen on our country and our people,” he said in a statement today.
He noted that in 2004 political parties such as the TULF the ACTC the TELO and the EPRLF had agreed to form one group irrespective of any commitments by anybody in the past. All the four parties agreed to contest the elections on a common program and a common symbol the ‘Rising Sun’.
“In fact there was a delay in finalizing the arrangements due to the ACTC giving its consent late, to contest on the common symbol the ‘Rising Sun’. The Federal Party at that time existed only on paper. If this program had gone through, all the unfortunate incidents that took place in the war zone and outside could have been avoided. The war would have come to an end or would have got suspended immediately on the announcement of the election results. All the 22 candidates of the TNA, belonging to the TULF, ACTC,TELO and EPRLF would have won the election. Several thousands of innocent people, the LTTE combatants, their cadre and their leaders including Prabhakaran would not have died. The new development would have definitely pleased the International community that was involved in the peace process and the Government. Much better terms could have been negotiated with the Sri Lankan government for a settlement. A lot of changes would have taken place in the thinking of the Sinhala people and their leaders. The army that was hostile would have become friendly over night and would have given full co-operation. Billions and billions worth of property would have been saved and several other beneficial things may have taken place. Unfortunately we missed everything,” he said.
Anandasangaree says it had become a practice during the elections, to get the votes of the Tamils, tell the voters that the International community is watching the situation and therefore they should vote unitedly to the TNA.
“After their victory they separate themselves to form groups in the name of the party to which they belong. This created a lot of confusion, when a no confidence motion was brought against the Northern Chief Minister,” he added. (Colombo Gazette)