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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 74

Kadirgamar’s call for “Norway to quit” - finds support .....

[b]Kadirgamar’s call for “Norway to quit” - finds support in the midst of the Tamil leadership.[/b]

Sugeeswara Senadhira – Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, Colombo

[b]Colombo, 05 July, ([/b]The leaders of democratic Tamil parties in Sri Lanka have endorsed the demand that the Tamil rebels should allow democracy and pluralism in rebel held territory.

Spokespersons for several Tamil political parties said they had no hesitation to endorse Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar’s call to Norway to quit from facilitation process if it is unable to impress upon the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on democratic rights and aspirations of Tamil people in the north and east.

“Our leader Douglas Devananda succeeded in wining a seat in Jaffna despite the killings of several of his supporters by the LTTE,” a spokesman for Eelam Peoples Democratic Party said. “If the free democratic will of the people could be reflected in elections, we have an excellent chance of winning more seats. But irrespective of whoever wins, we are for democracy in the north and east”.

Leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front V Ananadasangharee said that his party had fought for democracy since its inception as Federal Party more than 50 years ago. “How else people will can be reflected?” he asked. He said that the Tamil society has always fought democratically until violence was unleashed on them. “Now it is most unfortunate that the Tamil militants themselves unleash violence on their own society.”

“Only way to solve the problem and ensure a peaceful political administration is to restore democracy in the north and east,” D. Siddharthan, leader of Peoples Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said. He pointed out that several of PLOTE political activist were killed during the violence ridden elections.

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