TNA says US, India must play stronger role

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says the United States and India must play a more clear and stronger role to ensure the Tamils are given a political solution to their concerns.

TNA spokesperson and former Parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran said that the US seems to have got involved with Sri Lanka ahead of the January 8 Presidential election to reduce the role China had in Sri Lanka.

“They may now prefer the current Government to remain in power,” Premachandran said at a press conference in Jaffna today.

Premachandran said that while some countries have other interests in Sri Lanka, the sole focus of the TNA is to ensure the Tamils are given the political solution they need and not one which satisfies others.

Suresh-452x300He said that Sri Lanka’s closest neighbor India has a responsibility to ensure the Tamils get an acceptable political solution.

The TNA, in its election manifesto, had noted that the 13th Amendment to the constitution, which was part of a deal signed between India and Sri Lanka in 1987, was flawed.

Premachandran said that India was informed by the TNA over and over again that the 13th Amendment to the constitution was not fully acceptable by the Tamils.

He said that a permanent political solution for the Tamils will be good for India’s security and also for some other countries.

The former TNA Parliamentarian who is contesting the August 17 Parliament election, said that the TNA is keen on a political solution for the Tamils within a united and undivided Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)