Tamil National Alliance (TNA), an amalgam of a few Tamil parties, is yet to be registered as a separate political entity apportioning responsibilities to each of its alliance partners. Earlier, at a meeting held in Trincomalee, a committee comprising representatives from each party was appointed to work for the registration of the TNA as a recognised political party with the Elections Commissioner.
However, the process has not yielded yet. In particular, Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) led by MP Suresh Premachandran is concerned about this delay. This party, founded by K. Pathmanabha, had its convention recently, and adopted a resolution calling for the expedition of this process.
The resolution says, “It was decided at a TNA meeting held in Trincomalee presided by TNA leader R. Sampanthan to register the TNA with the Elections Commissioner and a committee was appointed to take forward the registration process. But it appears there was no progress in the process. This convention urges the TNA leadership to expedite this registration process.
The President inquired about the speech made by Mr. Hakeem at a public gathering in Addalachchenai, a Muslim majority area on the coastal belt of the Ampara district. The speech was critical of the government, and the President had got wind of what those remarks were
In addition, the EPRLF adopted several other key resolutions, mainly calling for action on the withdrawal of the military from the north and resettlement of displaced civilians under the supervision of a UN body.
One resolution says, “After the civil war ended in 2009, the Sri Lankan President and the United Natation’s General Secretary Ban Ki Moon released a joint statement agreeing to resettle all the affected people in one year in their original places of residence. But five years have lapsed and the resettlement was not completed, and no attempt has been made to address the issue of accountability. Displaced people from Valikamam North and Valikamam East in the Jaffna district and many villages including Paravipanchan in the Kilinochchi district, many villages in Mullaitivu including Keppapilavu, many villages in the Mannar district including Mullikulam, many villages in the Vavuniya district and many villages like Kariamadu, Karunkaliadicholai and Sampur in the Batticaloa and Trincomalee district, are not yet resettled in their homes. It is resolved to call upon the UN Secretary General in accordance with the agreement with the Sri Lankan President and as per the UN Guidelines on IDPs, to appoint a special rapporteur to monitor and expedite the process of resettlement”.