The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) delegation led by its leader R. Sampanthan met the visiting US Assistant State Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs,Nisha Biswal on 03 February at the American Embassy in Colombo and discussed many issues, particularly the post-election political scenario. The TNA called for a political solution for Tamils, during talks with Secretary Biswal. The TNA also reiterated its position that it will not support a domestic investigation said to be launched by the government.
TNA Spokesperson Suresh Premachandran said “During our discussions, we have informed her that we do not support the domestic inquiry. We spoke in length about the UN report which will be submitted to the Human Rights Council in Geneva in March and said that an international probe is the only way justice will prevail for the Tamils who have suffered the war.”
Mr. Premachandran said that his party also informed that the newly elected government, had not properly addressed the Tamil issue, especially in areas such as resettlement as lands occupied by the army in the north continued to remain vacant, rather than it being used for resettlement purposes.
“So many Tamils can be resettled in these lands. But the government is yet to do anything where resettlement is concerned, despite the Tamil people having a lot of expectation in them,” Premachandran said.During their discussions, the TNA also discussed the country’s post war situation and the upcoming parliamentary elections and ‘appreciated’ the government’s 100 day policy programme.
He said that the new government was doing well on the issues of exposing corruption and good governance, but for the Tamils, “nothing is moving on the ground” despite rounds of positive discussions with the TNA leadership.
“We also told her that not only the governing parties, but the TNA is also facing the general election in a couple of months. The Tamil people listened to our request and voted this government to power. If the so-called change and the new government fail to deliver, they might vote against in future. The history is not at all convincing and the Tamils have always been used to meet the political ends of the successive governments,” he said.
“In response, she said that the UN Human Rights Council is an independent body and its High Commissioner takes decisions on his own as per his mandate,” he said.
TNA’s Wanni District parliamentarian Selvam Adaikalanathan, TNA’s national list MP M.A. Sumanthiran and Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V.Wigneswaran also attended the meeting.
Ms. Biswal also met the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) today and discussed matters pertaining to the current political situation in the country following the regime change, and other relevant issues.