The Global Tamil Forum (GTF)congratulates Mr. R. Sampanthan and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on their resounding election victory in the Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka.The Tamil people have given the TNA, and its leader Mr. R. Sampanthan, a strong mandate to negotiate a political solution.
The Tamil people have also sent a clear message to the new Sri Lankan government and to the international community that they are firmly behind the TNA and its leadership. It is clear that the Tamil people are anxious to see political solution on the basis of TNA’s manifesto commitments to the long standing Tamil national question, to ascertain truth and accountability through the full and honest implementation of the relevant UN resolutions and processes, and to address the matters of immediate concerns for the Tamil people without any further delay.
As an organization that has worked with the TNA for several years, we seek the full support of the international community, including India, to help implement the legitimate demands of the Tamil people through a negotiated political solution.
The citizens of Sri Lanka have onceagain voted for positive change in Sri Lanka, and to consolidate the progressive change that began with the January 8th 2015 presidential election. GTF also congratulates Ranil Wickramasinghe, the leader of theUnited National Party, and President Sirisena on this remarkable election outcome and is hopeful that they will continue the progressive work of the last eight months with more vigour and purpose.
GTF would like to take this opportunity to reiterate our commitment to recognize and respect the wishes of the Tamil people, and to work with TNA and all other relevant stakeholders to achieve equality, justice, peace, respect and prosperity for Tamil people. (GTF)