Sept 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's major Tamil party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today rejected the allegation that its election manifesto demanded a separate state of Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka.
Speaking to media at a press briefing in Jaffna, the leader of the TNA, R. Sampanthan said the party only wants to uphold the right of self-determination of the Tamils in a merged north-east while preserving the integrity of the country.
"We have never asked to divide the country. We have very clearly said, without any attempts to hide, that a solution should be found within the country," Sampanthan told reporters.
He said the party will ask for whatever necessary to find a solution and the party is ready to discuss and negotiate with the government in future to achieve such a solution.
Sampanthan said however, he was very disappointed the way the Sri Lankan President has alleged that the TNA plans to divide the country and create a separate state.
He said the President when he recently visited Vavuniya, had spoken in a manner to create confusion among the people.
The Tamil leader said the President has told the people that the TNA is now asking for what the Tamil Tigers wanted and therefore it cannot be considered.
Sampanthan said the President doesn't say what the Tamil Tigers had demanded and he doesn't say what the TNA is demanding.
"It is wrong to speak in such manner without explaining what we (TNA) are asking for and why they (the government) are unable to give it," Sampanthan said.