TNA wants to re-merge N&E

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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) had renewed its call for the re-merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces as a single political administrative unit, former MP M.K. Sivajilingam said yesterday.

Mr. Sivajilingam, TNA candidate of the July 23 election to the Velvetithurai Urban Council, told Daily Mirror that the party would once again ask for a mandate from people to evolve a negotiated political solution with the right to self determination.

The former MP noted that the North and the East should be converted to a single political administrative unit.

“We will campaign for such demands. We try to get the powers devolved to this unit as far as possible,” he said.

He said that the TNA demanded for the early establishment of civil administration in the North, the dismantling of the military camps, the completion of the resettlement of displaced persons and the release of detainees.

The TNA had a meeting for the candidates contesting the election to some local bodies in the North yesterday.

TNA spokesman MP Suresh Premachandran said that the re-merger of the North and the East had been their demand right from the beginning.
Asked whether it was mentioned in the political proposals handed over to the government recently, he said that the TNA informed its stand in this regard to the ruling party at the very beginning of the series of talks.

“We did not include it in the political proposals as a result. But, it has been our stand,” he said. (KB)








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  • Chamara Monday, 20 June 2011 12:06 AM

    Srilanka is not Tamil Nadu any more.

    jacoob Monday, 20 June 2011 07:06 AM

    WHY NOT ?? any reasons ??

    A.Hole Monday, 20 June 2011 12:48 AM

    Instead of merging, these areas should be further sub-divided.

    bernard Monday, 20 June 2011 12:48 AM

    Wishful thinking!! We know your cunning plan.

    SOLUTION Monday, 20 June 2011 01:03 AM

    TOW NATION ONE COUNTRY

    Calistus Jayatilleke Monday, 20 June 2011 02:29 AM

    A precursor to an Eelam in another name,

    Basila Monday, 20 June 2011 02:32 AM

    For what? to reorganize,


    basila

    aaa Monday, 20 June 2011 07:44 AM

    Tamil Diaspora living in foreign countries and making problems in Sri Lanka. They never come back to Sri lanka. But they want something happening in SL each and everyday.

    jacoob Monday, 20 June 2011 02:36 AM

    Sweeter periods are ahead it seems after all teh debacles!!

    Vp Monday, 20 June 2011 02:09 PM

    Jaffna peninsula one unit vanni another unit

    Naufer Monday, 20 June 2011 07:52 AM

    Getting ready to commit suicide again ?

    Leela Monday, 20 June 2011 02:50 AM

    This lot never stopped dreaming.

    Jason Monday, 20 June 2011 03:25 AM

    Not included in the proposal because it was conveyed verbally...? what are you, a bunch of amateurs?

    Ambal Monday, 20 June 2011 03:40 AM

    Wait! Wait! Yoy will get it ASAP.

    dharmasiri Monday, 20 June 2011 03:55 AM

    here we go again...Never ending saga.

    what are these people thinking...thousands died and separatism still hasnt died out.

    edd,y Monday, 20 June 2011 04:25 PM

    One nation or jump on a boat. No more cunning manipulation.

    Okay Monday, 20 June 2011 04:36 PM

    Go to hell. Still better debunk to Tamil Nadu.

    Sri Lankan Monday, 20 June 2011 08:48 AM

    In the Eastern province the majority are not Tamils but the Muslims and Sinhalese combined. So re-merging is not possible.

    Mayu Monday, 20 June 2011 04:53 PM

    dat was a request to merge, not to divide. :)

    lnkn Monday, 20 June 2011 09:23 AM

    Our soldiers sacrificed their lives, for you to Divide this country? Go and hang!

    Kavish Monday, 20 June 2011 04:32 AM

    What else they want ? Elam ?

    The God Father Monday, 20 June 2011 04:33 AM

    Same Baila again n again.

    Dinithi Monday, 20 June 2011 09:47 AM

    East is so so so different from the north. It is madness to combine them. I am absolutely against it!!

    Dinithi Monday, 20 June 2011 09:48 AM

    Two languages-> one country !!

    xlntgson Monday, 20 June 2011 09:47 AM

    Merger without a referendum?

    Konde Bendapuchhena Monday, 20 June 2011 04:51 AM

    are you Mad,never going to happen

    Yuri Monday, 20 June 2011 04:57 AM

    Is it What India told you to ? i think it will merge but not by TNA

    Ranmal Monday, 20 June 2011 10:30 AM

    dream on!!!

    ampare son Tuesday, 21 June 2011 12:28 AM

    i don want to see that.

    MOHAMED RIZWAN Monday, 20 June 2011 06:15 AM

    That wud be a cunning plan..start / foundation of an EELAM!

    Malin Monday, 20 June 2011 06:23 AM

    A voice from a lost MP who has no support from their own people leave aside the remerger of N&E.

    jay Tuesday, 21 June 2011 02:28 PM

    why do people who commented here do not see the bright side of it. both N&E has a linguistically a tamil majority. So i see nothing wrong in merging these two and make it a one province. It will benefit everybody. people should understand we need a power devolution and we have to begin from somewhere. this is a good starting point. Governments current strategy of educating every lankan to seak all the 3 languages is not useful. I think it is loss of resources.it is good that the sinhala ppl and tamil are given some conversation knwledge, but we can instead try to develop english laguage skills of everyone rather than trying to speak broken english, broken tamil and broken sinhala. Power devolution is not only reqired today bt it is very efficient.


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