ITAK urges internationally supervised negotiations with GoSL

[TamilNet, Monday, 02 May 2011, 09:20 GMT]
Two veteran Ilangkai Thamizh Arasuk Kadchi (ITAK) politicians, C.V.K Sivagnanam and Mavai Senthirajah, on Sunday urged international supervision of a process that guarantees both a proper negotiation process and the implementation of results in the talks between the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL). The two officials of ITAK, a key party of the TNA, in their address urged that both the governments of India and Tamil Nadu to play a sincere and constructive role to bring about an international supervision that should include China, USA and other world players. In the meantime, the Tamil National Peoples Front (TNPF) condemned the agents of the Sri Lankan state for forcing Tamils from all the districts in the North and East to take part in May Day demonstrations in Colombo, organized by Sinhala extremist elements against the UN Expert panel report.

In the TNA meeting held at the joint secretariat of the ITAK and TNA, located on Martin Road in Jaffna, Mr. C.V.K Sivaganam was specific in demanding that a process of international supervision should supersede earlier models such as mere facilitation by the Norwegian government, which was indirectly monitored by the Co-Chairs Tokyo Donor Conference: the USA, the EU, Japan and Norway.

The demand was reiterated also by Mavai Senathirajah.

The TNA politicians further said that the international community should note that the government of Sri Lanka has a history nullifying the both the process and the results of any previous negotiations with the Tamil side led by various leaders, S.J.V. Chelvanayagam , A. Amirthalingam and V. Pirapaharan.

Athough the statement issued by the ITAK welcomed the talks being held between the Rajapaksa government and the TNA, the statement also highlighted the above demands, while a key TNA parliamentarian authorized on the part of the TNA for the ongoing ‘talks’ with Rajapaksa government characterized the ongoing talks as ‘pre-talks' when contacted by TamilNet on Monday.

The 13-point statement issued by the ITAK and the TNA in Jaffna on Sunday was also specific in demanding the merger of Northern and Eastern provinces as a basic unit and the right to self-determination of the people of the unified North East. Both the demands were uncompromisable on the part of the Tamils, the statement said.

The statement also demanded full resettlement of Muslims displaced in the Tamil homeland in addition to the demands of demilitarization of so-called High Security Zones, release of prisoners, mishandling of natural resources in Tamil homeland, the removal of restrictions against crucial sectors of Eezham Tamil economy affecting the fishing, agricultural and rural industries.


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