Talks among Tamil parties on polls ends in stalemate

Talks held today among five Tamil political parties, including members of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), with regards to the Presidential election ended in stalemate.

The five parties met on Monday and were to decide today which candidate they will support at the Presidential election.

However they failed to reach a final agreement and decided to postpone it till New Democratic Front Presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa releases his election manifesto.

With postal voting taking place tomorrow the five parties have told Tamils entitled to use postal votes to vote for the candidate of their choice.

The five parties will meet again to decide on the stand they will take at the 16 November election.

The Tamil political parties recently signed a memorandum highlighting the key demands of the Tamils.

The memorandum contains 13 demands including a demand for a political solution and abolishing the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).

Illangai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK), People’s Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE), Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF), Tamil People’s Council (TPC) and Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO) signed the memorandum.

The memorandum notes the acceptance of the political aspirations of the Tamil Nation, recognition of the merged Northern and Eastern Provinces as the historical habitat and the traditional homelands of the Tamil Nation, acknowledgement of the sovereignty of the Tamil Nation and realisation of the fact that the Tamil People under the provisions of International Law are entitled to the right of self determination. (Colombo Gazette)