The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) confirmed that they would guarantee a significant contribution from the Diaspora in terms of investments in the country’s economy, if the new Constitution solved the Tamil issue and restored confidence in Sri Lanka. TNA MP, Attorney-at-Law M.A. Sumanthiran made these statements in an interview given to the Nation. He further added that the Diaspora was keen in doing so.
Meanwhile, on the question of the sale of national assets, the Parliamentarian further noted that it had to be resorted as there was no other conceivable way around addressing the issue of the country’s economy.
When questioned regarding the TNA keeping mum on the economy and what they perceived as needed to be done in this regard, he added that the Hambantota port deal had to take place because of the heavy debt left by the previous regime.
“The economy must make a turn-around. It is not an envious position to be in given the state of the economy. We have to come out of this. The sale of State assets is thus necessary. If the new Constitution is made and confidence is restored, the Diaspora will make a significant contribution including investing in the country’s economy. The Diaspora is keen to do so. We guarantee that they will in fact do so. They are only waiting until the aforementioned aspects are done,” he further explained.
WALK THE TALK – TNA
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) last week, while welcoming the resolution which was passed at the United Nations Human Rights Council, warned that the Tamils had already reached their limits of tolerance.
“The Tamil people have reached their limits of tolerance and they urge that their deprivation and suffering on these several issues be brought to an early end,” the TNA said in a statement issued on Friday.
This was the first time the TNA had reacted after the UN passed the Resolution 34/L1 which reaffirmed the full implementation of resolution 30/1 passed in 2015, promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka.The Resolution has granted the government of Sri Lanka two more years to fulfill its commitment to the UN which was undertaken in 2015.
The TNA had earlier opposed the extension. However, in the statement, the TNA added that it welcomed the fact that the resolution gives specific time frames for the Government of Sri Lanka and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to report on the successful implementation of the 30/1 resolution at the 37th and 40th UNHRC sessions respectively in 2018 and 2019.