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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2730

SLFP Devolution Proposal failed to meet the aspirations of the Tamils –joint statement by three Tamil political parties

Colombo, 02 May, (Asiantribune.com): Three Tamil political parties in a joint statement expressed their disappointment over the devolution proposal put forward by the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party. The joint statement added that the proposal did not meet the genuine aspirations of the Tamils.

V. Ananandasanagaree, President TULF, D.Sithadthan, President PLOTE and T.Sritharan General Secretary, EPRLF have said in the joint statement that instead of taking the peace process forward, the ruling party’s proposal has made it difficult to find a reasonable solution.

Furthermore, the joint statement pointed out, “Being the ruling party’s proposal that should form the guideline to a solution, it had made even the proposals of the other parties irrelevant. “

The full text of the statement is given below:

It is with deep regret that we the under signed, representing the TULF, EPRLF and PLOTE being thoroughly disappointed with the proposals of the SLFP, as one that will not meet the aspirations of the Tamil people, reject it totally.

Instead of taking the peace process forward, it has made it difficult to find a reasonable solution.

Further more being the ruling party’s proposal that should form the guideline to a solution, it had made even the proposals of the other parties irrelevant.

The powers to be devolved under the SLFP proposals are not even coming closer to the powers vested in the provincial council formed under the 13th amendment to the constitution.

Fifty years of agitation by the Tamil speaking people to win their rights, has brought them back to square one.

After so much of loss of life and destruction to properties and having failed to find a solution under a unitary system, the Tamils will not accept any solution less than one under a Federal constitution.

Signed:

V. Ananandasanagaree, President TULF,

D.Sithadthan, President PLOTE and

T.Sritharan General Secretary, EPRLF

- Asian Tribune -

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