Tamil People’s Council to meet in Jaffna today
Even as the much-awaited meeting between Tamil National Alliance (TNA)’s chief R. Sampanthan and the Northern Province’s Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran took place here on Christmas day, the Tamil People’s Council (TPC), which is headed by the latter, has decided to go ahead with its meeting in Jaffna on Sunday.
The TPC, which had its inaugural meeting a week ago, is expected to come out with its future course of action on Sunday.
The meeting between Mr. Sampanthan and Mr. Wigneswaran would not have any bearing on the recently formed body, according to Suresh Premachandran, leader of the Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF), a constituent of the TNA.
This was the first occasion in recent times that the Northern Province’s Chief Minister had a one-on-one meeting with the TNA chief.
Describing the three-hour-long meeting at a common friend’s house in Colombo as “very cordial and frank”, Mr. Sampanthan told The Hindu that “both of us have agreed that we have to act with a great deal of caution, foresight and sagacity” when efforts were under way to find an “acceptable solution” to the Tamil question.
Though chosen by Mr. Sampanthan in 2013 as the Alliance’s nominee for the post of Chief Minister, Mr. Wigneswaran has developed differences with him over time. A week after the TNA chief participated in the Independence Day celebrations held by the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government at the Centre in February this year, Mr. Wigneswaran got a resolution adopted by the Northern Provincial Council, accusing successive governments in Sri Lanka of committing ‘genocide’ against Tamils.
In September, the Council passed one more motion, urging the international community to establish an international tribunal to try those alleged to have committed the crimes against Tamils.
(Source: The Hindu)
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Before resorting to unfounded evidence relating to genocide the Tamil leaders ought to know what it means. If they knew then they ought to find a better word to qualify as to what they are going through and genesis.
Even before independence some tamils lobbied the British colonia government for Ceylon to be partitioned which was rejected. What spawned the Elam idea in Ceylon is not clear but the tamil separatist must have been influenced by South Indian state of Tamil Nadu campaign for independence.
More than 90 percent of Tamil homeland is Tamil and during the LTD 30 year war of attrition they carried out systematic program of ethnic cleansing targeting the Muslims and Sinhalese.
A large number of Tamil population lived outside the homeland and they were never persecuted and the only time was in. 1983. This was reaction orchestrated by the army following an ambush of a military patrol in Jaffna which finally precipitated to 30 year war of attrition backed by the west.
Integration is a problem associated with the Europeans which has its roots in slavery and colonialism where racial divide is significant whereas the problems we face are insignificant and it is a problem is assimilation and the constraint is political will and resolved through dialogue