Tamils want political solution says TNA

MPM SritharanThe Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today told Parliament that the Tamils in Sri Lanka want a political solution to their issues and are not pushing for an Eelam State.

Speaking in Parliament today, TNA MP S. Sritharan said that even the Tamil Diaspora are not pushing for a separate Tamil State but a meaningful political solution for the Tamils.

“Our political party has made it clear we want a political solution for the Tamils and it should be a meaningful and respectable solution,” he said.

The TNA MP said he fails to understand a comment made by President Mahinda Rajapaksa recently where he had stated that he will abolish the Executive Presidency if the TNA and the Tamil Diaspora give up the demand for Eelam.

Speaking during the budget debate in Parliament the TNA MP said that the Tamils are not demanding for an Eelam State although that push was there in the past and that there were reasons to make that demand back then.

The MP also called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa to offer amnesty to the many Tamil political prisoners who are still in jail.

He insisted that building highways and infrastructure alone will not address the core issues of the Tamils in the North and East. He also raised concerns on the Indian housing project in the North, saying that many families who need homes have not been given houses.

S. Sritharan said that the ethnic conflict has had a severe impact on the country and the budget has failed to help the Tamils even five years after the war. (Colombo Gazette)