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PTA needs to be repealed - TNA leader tells EU official

The leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R Sampanthan on Tuesday stressed the need for the Prevention of Terrorism Act to be repealed in a meeting with a representative of the EU to Sri Lanka. 

Mr Sampanthan stressed that the repeal of the PTA was a commitment made by the Sri Lankan government to the international community, and specifically the EU, however the government had failed to deliver on it. He also called for those those detained indefinitely under the PTA to have their cases processed. 

Highlighting the military's ongoing occupation of private land in the North-East, Mr Sampanthan also drew attention to the plight of Tamils who remain displaced over 8 years after the end of the armed conflict. 

Mr Sampanthan also told the visiting EU official of the anguish of families who continue to demonstrate seeking answers regarding the whereabouts of their loved ones who were disappeared.