There must be a federal system

The leaders and parliamentarians of the Ilankai Tamil Arusu Katchchi (ITAK), the Eelam People Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF), the People Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) and Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) met at the Opposition Leader’s residence on 6 January.

The constituent parties of the main opposition Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Friday called for a federal-based solution in a merged North-East within united a Sri Lanka, in the new constitution being drafted.

EPRLF leader Suresh  Premachandran, said “We cannot accept any form of devolution or decentralisation without the merger of the north and the east. There must be a federal system as per the Tamil people’s mandate for the TNA. The TNA should negotiate with the government about a federal system. We dropped the demand for a separate state. The government should come down at least to drop the unitary character of the state and settle for a federal system,” he said.

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