The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has decided to reject the census taken by the Department of Statistics regarding human and material losses incurred by the civil war.
TNA Parliamentarian Mavai Senadhirajah said the five-party amalgam had decided not to cooperate with the census on the grounds that the procedures adopted by the officials in gathering information were not agreeable to them. He stated that the circumstances of incidences of disappearances and deaths were not being accommodated in the census process and this was not acceptable to the Alliance.
TNA Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran said in Vavuniya on Tuesday that the decision to reject the census was taken at the special meeting of TNA leaders held in Vavuniya on Tuesday. TNA Parliamentarians, the Chief Minister of the Northern Province, the NPC Ministers and members participated in this meeting chaired by TNA leader R. Sampanthan.
The Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) was not a genuine process to find a solution to the ethnic problem and a reasonable political solution could not be found through the PSC, Sumanthiran said. The TNA would take a decision in due course on the PSC, he added.
However, Vanni District Parliamentarians Selvam Adaikalanathan and Vinonogarathalingam were conspicuously absent at the meeting.
“Land-grabs by the state, excessive army presence and women’s affairs were also discussed extensively among other things at the meeting” Sumanthiran said.
“People expelled from Valikamam and Sampur shoud be able to return to their original places, army presence in the north should be reduced, safety of women should be assured, and the various impediments to carrying on enterprises should be eliminated, he said at the media briefing
It was also decided that serious disciplinary action would be taken against the local government members of the TNA who voted against budget proposals presented in TNA-controlled institutions.
Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran did not attend the press conference held after the meeting.(Navaratnam Kapilnath)
They don't concern about their people. Had they utter a single word regarding northern fishermen who are suffering due to Indian fishermen and TN government.
Shehan Thursday, 26 December 2013 08:07 AM
The reason why the TNA is against the census is because it would prove wrong the high casualty figures they have been throwing at the international community.
Ajithkumar Thursday, 26 December 2013 08:56 AM
same merry go round.. you blame the other... what Government proposes TNA rejects and what TNA proposes the Government Rejects....Its the people who are caught in between.....God Bless Sri Lanka..
Ramani Friday, 27 December 2013 01:56 AM
Though the government may have failed to put forward anything acceptable to TNA, on the other hand what TNA have demanded too are unacceptable to Sri Lanka's sovereignty.
udeni Friday, 27 December 2013 06:40 AM
The census was taken with all missing persons. I had to give all information to the officers and loss of life since 1989 JVP Insurrection. So Who says the missing & Disappearances are not counted? This is once again LTTE Propoganda. Tamils & TNA Wants only the death count during the last few days. But All Sri lankans and the entire world should know How many innocent people have been massacred by LTTE. and what was the loss due to the final war. Now with this All Tamil Diaspora, LTTErs and interested Tamils will not be able to talk about 40000 civilians suppose to have been killed and put unnecessary international pressure on Sri Lanka. They are anyway shy to talk about killing of Tamil Civilians held under their custody. So The TNA oppose to this survey and nothing else. Without taking a proper count of deaths how will any one can determine the actual number? TNA, LTTE will always oppose good moves as they have done in the past, for their advantage. It's a open secret.
jane Thursday, 26 December 2013 10:13 AM
Ramani, AS USUAL IT COULD THE OTHER WAY AS WELL ! THAT GOVT NOT PUT FORWARD ANYTHING ACCEPTABLE TO TNA !
Vic Thursday, 26 December 2013 10:39 AM
International investigations are the only solution and they will be accepted by everybody.
Ruki Sinniah Thursday, 26 December 2013 11:47 AM
Totally agreed Premalal....Unfortunately we are in the minority of this nation full of animals!!
Ruki Sinniah Thursday, 26 December 2013 11:49 AM
By that you agree that no party whether Govt or TNA are reliable and will not come up with anything credible!!...We Sri Lankans have lost all credibility everywhere!!...
Perumal Thursday, 26 December 2013 12:35 PM
Is it true that disappearances and deaths of family members are not accommodated in this census? If it is so, it's completely wrong and the census would be useless
manuk Thursday, 26 December 2013 05:57 AM
because they have forgotten that they killed so many sri lankans during a 30 year war with suiside bombs
Ramani Thursday, 26 December 2013 06:19 AM
As usual TNA rejects everything done by the government. Can anyone say just one has been accepted by the TNA since formation of Northern provincial council!
ind Thursday, 26 December 2013 06:23 AM
And also they can't market that 70,000 figure after that.
Ramani Friday, 27 December 2013 08:29 AM
udeni, don't forget the fact that TNA has been the political arm of LTTE!
Premalal Thursday, 26 December 2013 06:36 AM
Whether the killing was done by one side or the other, the crime and the tragedy remain the same. What is needed is an honest attempt to put the past behind.
kumar Thursday, 26 December 2013 05:03 PM
What no one seem to understand is the pressure faced by the cultured wing of the TNA from the pro LTTE thugs in the TNA.
Srivan Thursday, 26 December 2013 08:22 PM
it seems quite credible that the census does not want to have fair access to those killed during the "war" . This should have been taken into consideration and a UN body involved, also taking into account sensitivities on both sides. Ir seems this census due to its own limitations is likely to prove very contentio- us and controversial. In the end nothing has been gained except sowing more bad blood.
dud Thursday, 26 December 2013 07:53 AM
can they be contructive for the sake of the people in these regions. if they dont like it time to migrate
Ganesh Friday, 27 December 2013 05:40 AM
How can a viable solution within an undivided Srilanka be unacceptable sovereignty This seems to be an international kidding.Please tell you all do not grant anything that is how you all had created militant later terrorist LTTE. The rest is the history and what is the guarantee that there will not be such repetition in the long run.You and I can not decide on the online World history is such Madam
Malin Friday, 27 December 2013 05:42 AM
TNA appointed MP Sumanthiran is the most dangerous man in TNA. As long he is there at the TNA front, there will be no reconciliation as he is against every step taken by the Govt. When I (with some others) met him a couple of years ago in Melbourne, he categorically denied that he supports TGTE and had no connection with TGTE. What a liar and an opportunist he is.
Shehan Thursday, 26 December 2013 07:56 AM
Reducing the military from the North would set a dangerous precedent. It will only lead to arms smuggling again and before you know it another war thrust upon on SL. It appears the TNA is only dancing to the tune of the Tamil Diaspora.
Ganesh Friday, 27 December 2013 12:10 AM
You can not accept everything for sake of accepting when it does not serve the very purpose for it was adopted. How to accept even one when the government is bluffing everybody except people like your ilk
ind Thursday, 26 December 2013 08:02 AM
And also anything rejected by TNA which Prabakaran initiated when he was alive.
Ganesh Friday, 27 December 2013 12:14 AM
What a fantastic fellow citizen with full of brain all over the body
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