Northern Tamil political parties in dilemma as no candidate has replied to their demands

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By Dinasena Rathugamage

Two Northern Tamil Political parties have decided that they should explore alternatives in the coming Presidential election if none of the two main candidates, Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Sajith Premadasa respond positively to the set of 13 demands made by five different parties representing the North.

Former Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C.V. Vigneswaran’s Tamil People’s Front (TPF) and former MP, Suresh Premachandran’s Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) have taken this decision.

If there is no response from presidential hopefuls, the two parties are likely to ask the residents of the North to boycott the elections or ask them to boycott all political rallies organised by presidential candidates

EPRLF said that no one had responded to their demands. “At least they should forward amendments to these demands or tell openly that they oppose these,” a spokesperson for the EPRLF said.

Last week, five parties forwarded those demands and said that they would offer their support only if their demands were met. They said they would also talk to Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake about those demands. The five parties are the Tamil National Alliance, the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO), the People’s Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) and the Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) and TPF.

Among the demands are; a solution to the Sri Lankan Tamil issue must be found by setting up a new federal constitution rejecting the heretofore unitary constitution accepting the nationhood of the Sri Lankan Tamils and recognizing its sovereignty and also accepting that Tamils under the provisions of International Law are entitled to the right of self determination; full fledged independent impartial International mechanisms through the International Criminal Court /International Arbitration Tribunal must be set up to inquire into the War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity and Genocide committed during the final stages of the war and an independent mechanism must be set up under the supervision of Elected Representatives of the people of the Northern and Eastern Provinces to handle all finances for Development in the said two Provinces, after proclaiming the Northern and Eastern Provinces as areas affected by the War.

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