May 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance today congratulated the Chief Minister of India's Tamil Nadu state Ms. J. Jayalalithaa for her "resounding victory" at the recently concluded elections to the Lok Sabha and sought a meeting with her to discuss the Tamil issue in Sri Lanka.
In a congratulatory message to the Chief Minister, TNA leader R. Sampanthan on behalf of Sri Lanka's Tamil people said her victory is an "astounding achievement" and is "indicative of the influence which you have the capacity to wield."
He appreciated the Chief Minister's continuing concern towards the resolution of the Tamil question in Sri Lanka and said the party looks forward to working closely with the CM and her government to further strengthen the ties.
Recalling that following the anti-Tamil pogrom of 1983, Sri Lanka accepted the good offices of India to bring about a final and acceptable resolution of the national conflict, the TNA leader said India has and continues to play a role in the process.
"The Tamil People in Sri Lanka do not desire a recurrence of violence. Their desire is that they and all other Sri Lankans are able to carry on their lives in the territories they live in, based on equality and justice," Sampanthan wrote in his letter to Ms. Jayalalithaa.
He said violence ended with the end of the armed conflict in May 2009 and opportunity presented for a permanent solution but Sri Lanka unfortunately has not honored the commitments it made to India and to the International Community to bring about an acceptable political solution.
Including a letter TNA wrote to the new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the TNA leader said the Sri Lankan government is aggressively pursuing an agenda to radically alter the demographic composition of the majority Tamil speaking territories, the Northern and Eastern Provinces and also change the ethnic, linguistic and cultural identities of those territories.
Sampanthan said the actions of the government are clearly indicative of the lack of genuine commitment on the part of the government to evolve an acceptable political solution.
"Such actions of the Sri Lankan government undermine all efforts towards reconciliation, permanent peace and harmony, create an environment that promotes hostility and further cause irreparable and irreversible damage to the Tamil speaking peoples in the territories historically inhabited by them," the TNA leader said in his letter.
He said the party has appealed to the Prime Minister that India's continued role should ensure that an honorable peace based on justice and equality should be brought about in Sri Lanka and asked the Chief Minister for her continued and fullest support to achieve the above.
The Sri Lankan government accuses the Tamil party of promoting separatism and not making an effort for genuine reconciliation as evident by their continued resistance to participate in the parliamentary select committee (PSC) to achieve a sustainable solution to the Tamil issue.
The PSC has several times appealed to the TNA to join the process and even foreign governments, including India, have also urged the TNA to join the PSC to discuss the political solution but despite those requests, TNA is adamant on its stance and continues to boycott the PSC.