A delegation of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leaders met former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here on Friday.
The TNA is a Sri Lankan Tamil political alliance in Sri Lanka and rules the country’s Jaffna province. It was formed as an amalgamation of moderate Tamil parties as well as number of former rebel groups.
Earlier today, the Tamil National Alliance delegation had also met External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj. During the meeting they had urged New Delhi to ensure devolution of power to provinces in their country.
TNA leaders would push their case for full implementation of the thirteenth amendment to the Constitution. They are also expected to call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The 13A amendment had come into existence due to India -Sri Lanka accord signed in 1987 between the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and then Sri Lankan President JR Jayewardene. It stipulates devolution of powers to the provinces which was centre of ethnic conflict.
In April 2009 the Sri Lankan president Rajapaksha promised to implement more than the current constitutions 13th amentment if he is allowed to kill the LTTE hence the India with the western leaders turned a blind eye when the Sri Lankan forces killed more than 1000 LTTE Leaders who surrendered with white flag after UN officers cheated the LTTE leaders to surrender to the SL forces. In addition to this in May 2009 more than 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed by the Sri Lankan forces.
But after five years gone the Sri Lankan President is refusing even to implement the current constitution in full and is closely associated with racist Sinhala parties and refusing to give any rights to the minority Tamils. He has gone close to China and Russia and is challenging the UN and the western countries saying that killing of Tamil civilians was a internal matter as killings of its minority had taken place in China and Russia by its forces.