Oct 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's major Tamil party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has decided to boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Colombo from November 15 to 17.
"We will not take part in CHOGM. But our staying away does not mean we are protesting against the participating nations. We will be eager to meet them," Mavai Senathirajah, a senior Tamil National Alliance (TNA) legislator has told PTI said Saturday.
However, the newly elected Chief Minister of Northern Provincial Council, C. V. Vigneswaran in an exclusive interview to Times of India has asked the Indian leaders to attend the CHOGM to express their concerns over the Tamil cause and other issue.
Disagreeing with the Chief Minister, party leader R. Sampanthan has asked India to boycott the summit.
TNA sources have told PTI that during the inaugural meeting of the Northern Provincial Council, the TNA group had resolved that Vigneswaran must boycott the Commonwealth Summit.
Meanwhile, the other opposition parties in Sri Lanka also have expressed their decisions to shun the historic event.
Main opposition United National Party (UNP) has considered to miss the event following the clash between two rival factions of the party in Matara. The UNP accuses the government of orchestrating the clash.
The Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has said that the party does not want to be identified with imperialists.
The Democratic Party (DP) led by Sri Lanka's former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka will also boycott the Commonwealth summit. Fonseka says that neither he nor his party wanted to endorse a summit that would not benefit the people in the country.