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NPC resolution gives hopes on Tamil political unity

[TamilNet, Saturday, 14 February 2015, 14:32 GMT]
The recent resolution presented and unanimously adopted in the Northern Provincial Council on historic and recent genocide against Tamils in the island, has rung alarm bells at necessary diplomatic quarters, say Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran (EPRLF) and TNA Councillor M.K. Shivajilingam (TELO). In a Palaka'ni interview to TamilNet this week, Mr Shivajilingam said there were attempts afoot to influence certain Tamil diaspora activists to issue sophisticated statements urging the UN Rights Chief to postpone the OISL report. Labelling such manipulations as ‘sugar-coated tablets’, he urged the Tamil diaspora activists to be cautious about such deceptive moves. Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam of the TNPF and NPC Councillor Ananthy Sasitharan of the TNA have come up with immediate suggestions on how to take forward the resolution to strengthen the Tamil cause.

Even though the Chief Minister only called for progressive de-militarisation, the NPC Councillor Ananthy Sasitharan, has urged the global Tamils to demand complete de-militarisation of the North-East as a matter of immediate priority.

She has also called for increased understanding between the NPC Chief Minister and the struggle-centric polity of Tamil Nadu.

The statesmanship displayed by NPC Chief Minister in bringing out the resolution against Tamil genocide was a blow to the Colombo-centric thinking of the deviatory elements, Ms Ananthy said.

She further observed that no one could deny the fact how Tamils in the North-East have been historically perceiving the root crime committed against them. She made a decision in 2013 to address the UNHRC sessions after witnessing that the then UN Rights Chief Ms Navi Pillay telling Colombo media that no-body in the North and East had used the term genocide, during her fact-finding trip, to describe the crimes committed against them.

TNA's official spokesperson Suresh Premachandran in a recent press conference assured that the NPC resolution was wholeheartedly supported by an overwhelming majority of the TNA in the North and East. “Only one or two are opposed to it”, he said without naming the Colomb-centric elements that argue for non-descript line of engagement.

Mr Premachandran was particular in pointing out that Colombo's refusal to hand over the seized lands back to people was a clear indication of continued structural genocide against the Tamil people.

Mr Shivajilingam and Mr Premachandran also noted that the Muslim representatives of the ACMC, Sinhala representatives from the SLFP and the EPDP representatives did not object the passing of the resolution and that it was unanimously accepted by the NPC assembly.

TNPF's Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, who welcomed the courageous move by the NPC and its CM C.V. Wigneswaran.

Mr Ponnambalam has also stated that his party would be prepared to offer full support if the TNA demonstrated its ability to tackle the deviators from steering the affairs of the TNA. He was explicit in naming Mr Sampanthan and Mr M.A. Sumanthiran pointing out that their justifications on partaking the February 04 ‘Independence Day’ celebrations were in stark contrast to the logic of the NPC resolution, passed only 6 days after the duos controversial participation at the ceremony.

Earlier, there was thinking within the rank and file of the TNA that it should be the work of TNA's parliamentarians to look after the broader issues and the NPC should be looking at local affairs, Mr Shivajilingam observed.

“But, the NPC move started with the signing of an appeal by the provincial councillors from North and East in urging the then UN Rights Chief Ms Navaneethampillay to investigate the charge of genocide in August last year,” Mr Shivajilingam observed. He noted that 28 TNA councillors of the Northern Provincial Council and 5 of the opposition TNA members in the Eastern Provincial Council had called for international investigations on genocide and to not limit the investigations to the timeframe set by the so-called Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission of Sri Lanka. “We hope that our appeal, to some extent, made an impact on the terms of reference to the OISL,” he said.

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