The Tamil National Alliance held discussions on Friday and Sunday in Colombo with the delegation led by Oscar Fernandez Taranco, UN Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs. The senior UN official is slated to have discussed Sri Lanka’s post-war achievements, the remaining challenges and areas for constructive collaboration in support of a lasting political solution for long-term socioeconomic development in the country.
TNA its leader, Sampanthan, Suresh Premachandran and Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran participated in the discussions. They had given detailed explanations to the UN officials on the issues that Sri Lanka government has not fulfilled, the promise that were made after the war. in particularly, the promises given to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Three main issues that were taken up for discussion are:
The resettlement of displaced people in their own land, providing them with rehabilitation and providing basic facilities for them to live independently.
Accountability for alleged violations during the conflict.
Finding a political solution to the ethnic problem.
The TNA pointed out to the delegation that, there are many hurdles for the Northern Provincial Council to operate freely. The issues of land acquisition by the government in the north and the military interventions in the people lives, were also discussed by the Chief Minister and the TNA delegates with the UN officials.