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TNA for undivided country - Sampanthan

TNA leader R. Sampanthan with UN official Michele Coninsx in Colombo on Saturday.
TNA leader R. Sampanthan with UN official Michele Coninsx in Colombo on Saturday.

UN Assistant Secretary-General and UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) Executive Director Michele Coninsx met Tamil National Alliance leader R. Sampanthan in Colombo on Saturday.

Highlighting the importance of the implementation of the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution, Sampanthan said, “The government seems to have forgotten the fact that they cosponsored these resolutions. We are unhappy with this situation. This is not good for the country and certainly not good for the United Nations. If a government thinks that they can promise anything to the international community and do as they wish, such actions put the fundamental purpose of the existence of institutions such as the United Nations in question.” Sampanthan pointed out that the government has completely abandoned the unanimously approved resolution in Parliament to frame a new Constitution. He also pointed out that actions of the government go against achieving reconciliation. “Non-commitment towards the implementation of the UNHRC resolution and the resolution passed in Parliament to frame a new Constitution shows that this government is working on a different agenda,” he said.

Jaffna District Parliamentarian and TNA Spokesman M.A. Sumanthiran highlighted the history of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). “Repealing this Act is on one of the key matters that this government promised to the international community, but that promise is yet to be fulfilled. There is a draft Counter-Terrorism Act. We have certain concerns on that as well, but that draft is also now not being discussed,” he said.

“Consistency in continuous denial of our rights is against the United Nations Convention on Civil and Political Rights. We don’t want another war in this country. Our people have suffered immensely due to the war.”

“We don’t want any harm to happen to the Sinhala people in this country, but sadly this country has been run by extreme elements and the Sinhala leaders are not willing to control these elements,” he said.

Sampanthan said, “We want a political solution within the framework of a united, undivided and indivisible country. If we do not get this, then the Tamil people will be compelled to rethink their stance on their long-standing demands.”

Sampanthan also urged the Assistant Secretary-General to urge the international community to play an effective and constructive role in holding the government accountable to their commitments.

The Assistant Secretary-General assured that in her recommendation, the concerns raised by the Tamil National Alliance Leaders would be included.

The Assistant Secretary-General was accompanied by the UN Resident Coordinator Hanaa Singer. 

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