TNA manifesto released in Jaffna
[TamilNet, Monday, 01 March 2004, 10:10 GMT]
A political solution to the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka should be based on the recognition of the Tamil speaking people’s homeland, the Tamils’ identity as a distinct nation, and their right to self-determination, according to the manifesto of the Tamil National Alliance, which was released at a press conference in the TNA’s elections office in Jaffna Monday. "The Sinhala nation should come forward soon to resume peace talks with the Liberation Tigers for establishing the Interim Self Governing Authority," the manifesto states.
Mr. Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam explaining the manifesto at the press conference. (L-R) Mr. C.V.K Sivagnanam and Mr. Mavai Senathirajah
Leading candidates of the TNA in Jaffna, Mr. Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, Mr. Mavai Senathirajah and Mr. C. V. K Sivagnanam released manifesto in Tamil.
"The Tamil national alliance has a clear stand on the Muslim question. An acceptable solution to the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka should necessarily ensure the distinct identity of the Muslim people, their security, the culture and their economy. The TNA calls on our Muslim brethren to join hands with us in building our future together," Mr. Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam told TamilNet, referring to the TNA’s stand on the Muslim question as stated in its manifesto.
"If the Sri Lankan state continues to reject the legitimate aspirations of the Tamil people and continues to deny them an acceptable political solution; and if military occupation and state oppression continue instead, then establishing the sovereignty and independence of the Tamil nation on the basis of its right to self determination would become an inexorable reality," the manifesto states.
Tamil National Alliance leaders Mr. R. Sampanthan and Mr. Mavai Senathirajah with head of the LTTE's political division, Mr. S. P Thamilchelvan during deliberation on the TNA manifesto in Kilinochchi on 25 February 2004
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