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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

Broad Tamil alliance in stormy waters

[b]Broad Tamil alliance in stormy waters[/b]

By Munza Mushtaq - Reporting for Asian Tribune

[b]Colombo, 29 December, ( [/b]Amidst mounting criticism against his party, Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) Vice President R. Yogarajan vowed to proceed with the 'broad based Tamil alliance', despite a series of hiccups, including statements against his party's commitment to such an alliance.

Up-Country People's Party Leader R. Chandrasekaran is reported to have said that, "'No one can trust the CWC leader Arumugam Thondaman, because one day he goes and meet the LTTE leadership, and the next day he is having discussions with the President. So how can you trust such a party?," he queried.

But CWC's Yogarajan defended the party's meeting with President and pointed out that the meeting with the President was 'merely to build up a cordial relationship'.

"Basically, the CWC is a trade union, and it is a must that we have a cordial relationship with our management which is the President and his Government. So the aim of our meeting with President Rajapakse was merely to break the ice," he said.

Mr. Yogarajan also demanded to know as to why their party cannot hold talks with an organization, the Sri Lankan Government has recognized. "If they can have talks with them, why can't we?," Mr. Yogarajan asked.

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