The Tamil National Alliance yesterday said it had no comment to make on common Opposition candidate Maithripala Sirsena’s statement, that he would protect President Mahinda Rajapaksa from the UN investigation into the alleged war crimes and human rights violations.
TNA spokesman Suresh Premachandran said it was only a comment made by the common candidate and the TNA has nothing to say about it.
However, Premachandran said, the matters with regard to the UN investigation into the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka were handled by the UN Human Rights Commission in March and the report on the Lankan situation would be released by the UNHRC for further action.
” Maithripala Sirisena could say anything on whatever he wants. But we do not want to go deep into the issue,” he said.
Commenting on the new SLFP General Secretary and Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa’s statement that the UPFA will not speak to the TNA seeking its support for President Rajapaksa, Premachandran said that the TNA was not bothered about what Yapa had said. “The UPFA should realize that the TNA remains a formidable political power in the North and East. The UPFA has lost in almost all the elections it fought in the North and East. The recent one is the Northern Provincial Council Polls. So it is up to the UPFA to decide on talking to the TNA,” Premachnadran added.
Meanwhile, the TNA has not yet decided on its stance with regard to the Presidential polls. According to Premachandran the alliance will definitely take a stance acceptable to the Tamil people. ” We are waiting till the nomination papers are submitted on 8 December. After that we will study the manifestos of the candidates before taking our decision,” he said. (Ceylon Today)