A federal and secular system with self-determination for the merged Northern and Eastern Provinces could be the solution for Sri Lanka’s ethnic issue, the Tamil People’s Council has said.
In a declaration made on Tuesday, TPC added that all Muslim and Sinhala people native to the merged North-East Tamil homeland would be entitled to all the rights in the Federal Unit, including a separate political unit for Muslims.
See full declaration below.
The declaration released at Veerasingam Hall, Jaffna on 5th September 2017 at the conclusion of the political discussion participated by public, political leaders and experts.
Whereas the repeated official refusal by the highest authorities of the State clearly indicates the absence of sincere political will with regard to a solution to the political issue of the Tamil people and the matter of accountability, and whereas the Tamil people, through their practical experience, have lost hope in the steps taken by the Sri Lanka Government, it shall be the world countries which could directly intervene in the matter without delay and cause justice to be meted out to the affected people on the basis of their aspirations enumerated above.
It is the usual strategy of the Sri Lanka Government to give false promises in order to safeguard itself from international pressure.
The present Government has not shown any difference from the earlier Governments in this regard.
This Government has failed to implement with sincerity any of its promises given to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations in the years 2015, 2016 and 2017, in that the Government has not given due consideration to the view of the affected people in order to fulfilled the promises.Alternatively, it continues with its deceitful tactics of apparent action aimed at misleading the international community.
All international organizations should take into serious consideration of the official statements issued by the highest authorities of the Sri Lanka Government inclusive of the President, the Prime Minister and member of the Cabinet of Ministers in a manner degrading and challenging the trust placed by the world countries on the Human Rights Council of the UN and on the democratic process, in that the Sri Lanka Government has openly denied the assurances given to the UN with regard to matters such as International Judges and the abolition of the Prevention of Terrorism Act.
The views expressed by the President, the Prime Minister, the Cabinet of Ministers, Chairman of the Committee for Public Opinion on the New Constitution and persons charged with the drafting of the new constitution, are indicative of the total rejection not only of the accountability issue, but also of political aspirations of the Tamil people by disapproving the recommendations made by the Committee for Public Opinion on the New Constitution.