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Sri Lankan Tamil parties reject president\'s call to support controversial new PM
Sri Lankan Tamil parties reject president's call to support controversial new PM

Sirisena met the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to persuade the main minority group to drop its opposition to Rajapaksa who led the country to a crushing defeat of Tamil separatist guerrillas when he was president, but who is accused of human rights violations. "President asked the TNA to abstain from voting, but we said the abstention would lead to legitimising an…

Reuters - Nov 09 17:11 GMT - more ... [ Tags: History, SriLanka, TNA ]

Sri Lanka’s political crisis explained, and what it means for the island nation’s Tamil community
Sri Lanka’s political crisis explained, and what it means for the island nation’s Tamil community

But the party has made no demands and received none in return. Many activists in Colombo and abroad are critical of Tamils who demand that the Tamil National Alliance extend only conditional support to Wickremesinghe. They say that Wickremesinghe is necessary for better rule of law. What they mean is that Wickremesinghe will be less brutal in his tactics than…

Scroll - Nov 05 16:25 GMT - more ... [ Tags: History, SriLanka, TNA ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • UNP has failed the Tamil people: Viyalendiran

    UNP has failed the Tamil people: Viyalendiran

    United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe failed to serve the Tamil people though the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) stood by him for more than three years, Deputy Minister of Regional Development (Eastern) S. Viyalendiran said today.“The Eastern Province was ignored during the Ranil Wickremesinghe-led government. The Northern and Western Provinces have…

    Daily Mirror - Nov 06 15:05 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, TNA ]

  • Rajapaksa poaches Tamil MP ahead of crucial trust vote

    Rajapaksa poaches Tamil MP ahead of crucial trust vote

    In a boost for newly-appointed Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, a lawmaker from the main Tamil party defected to the premier's side and was made a minister on Friday even as President Maithripala Sirisena agreed to summon Parliament on November 7 for a floor test to end the political turmoil. Rajapaksa claims he now has enough numbers to prove his…

    Week - Nov 02 20:31 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Batticaloa, TNA ]

  • Opp. Leader Post was not discussed with MR: Sampanthan

    Opp. Leader Post was not discussed with MR: Sampanthan

    The post of Opposition Leader was not discussed during the meeting held between Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Leader R. Sampanthan and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, the TNA said today. In a statement, it said Mr. Sampanthan met Mr. Rajapaksa on the request of the latter at his residence at Wijerama Mawatha in Colombo 07. “Mr. Sampanthan did not meet Mr.…

    DM - Oct 30 15:53 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, TNA ]

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  • National reconciliation is our condition To any presidential candidate who seeks our support

    National reconciliation is our condition To any presidential candidate who seeks our support

    Our condition is to achieve national reconciliation practically on the ground. We will support a candidate capable of delivering it in the real sense. There should be equality among the ethnic groups. They should be able to live with dignity. Our people continue to suffer. They need a political solution that guarantees equal rights for them. Tamil politicians always…

    Daily Mirror - Jun 15 19:03 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, History, TNA ]

  • Lankan Tamil leader spells out what Tamils need to do to secure their rights

    Lankan Tamil leader spells out what Tamils need to do to secure their rights

    Sampanthan appealed to the audience at the Tamil Sangam to realize that the present juncture is ideal for securing the Tamils’ rights, given the hold that the Tamils have on the government and the sympathy and support their struggle is getting from the international community.He stress on unity stemmed from a disconcerting fact – chronic divisiveness in Tamil…

    Newsin Asia - Apr 25 14:14 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, TNA ]

  • Sumanthiran-Tamil diaspora engage US on SL

    Sumanthiran-Tamil diaspora engage US on SL

    A joint delegation of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) visited the United States of America at a time when Sri Lanka was under scrutiny at the UN in Geneva, with appointments secured from the highest levels of authority at the UN, US Administration and Government, and the Norwegian Government, the GTF said in a statement. The…

    Daily Mirror - Mar 23 16:34 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: World, TNA, WarCrimes ]

  • Government must continue people’s mandate: Sampanthan

    Government must continue people’s mandate: Sampanthan

    Opposition Leader and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Leader R. Sampanthan said the present coalition government must continue to implement the mandate received from the people in 2015 and that it cannot deviate from this mandate for any reason.Sampanthan, appraising the present political situation in the country, said that the government cannot fail to proceed with the…

    CDN - Mar 12 19:10 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, TNA, WarCrimes ]

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  • Reconfiguring Sri Lanka’s Tamil politics

    Reconfiguring Sri Lanka’s Tamil politics

    With a banner sporting a picture of Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) founder S.J.V. Chelvanayakam in the background, senior Tamil leader R. Sampanthan made a fervent appeal in an election rally in Jaffna. “Unity”, he said, “is the only weapon we have now.” Days ahead of Sri Lanka’s February 10 local government polls, the 85-year-old politician urged…

    The Hindu - Feb 20 16:21 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, TNA ]

  • ITAK picks Emmanuel Arnold as Jaffna Mayor

    ITAK picks Emmanuel Arnold as Jaffna Mayor

    The Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) has taken a decision to name Emmanuel Arnold as the new Mayor of Jaffna. He contested the 2013 Northern Provincial Election under ITAK and was elected as a member. He resigned from the council recently to contest last week's Local Government Election under ITAK. Before entering politics, Mr Arnold had worked as an…

    Sunday Times - Feb 14 16:53 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, History, TNA ]

  • Allow NP residents to commemorate their war heroes: TNA

    Allow NP residents to commemorate their war heroes: TNA

    TNA MP Shanthi Skandarajah today requested the government to allow those in the Northern Province to commemorate their war heroes by visiting the cemeteries in which they were buried. Ms Skandarajah who was speaking during the committee stage debate in Parliament today said residents in the Province should be allowed to visit cemeteries and commemorate their war…

    Daily Mirror - Nov 27 21:03 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, TNA ]

  • “Don’t send Sampanthan back empty-handed”: Mano Ganesan

    “Don’t send Sampanthan back empty-handed”: Mano Ganesan

    “My appeal to all parties is this – don’t send Mr. Sampanthan back empty-handed to the north,” Minister for National Co-existence and Official Languages and Leader of the Tamil Progressive Alliance Mano Ganesan said during the fourth day of debate on the Interim Report of the Steering Committee tasked with drafting new constitutional proposals. “I have my…

    FT - Nov 02 20:07 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, TNA, WarCrimes ]

  • ‘Sri Lanka Tamils agreeing to Constitutional proposals historic’

    ‘Sri Lanka Tamils agreeing to Constitutional proposals historic’

    “This is a historic moment that Tamil party representatives have agreed to the proposals made in the interim report. Let all join and support this,” The Tamil National Alliance’s M A Sumanthiran said. The SLFP, currently led by President Maithripala Sirisena, forms part of Sri Lanka’s ruling alliance. “Treat us (Tamils) as equals, we are Sri Lankan,”…

    Indian Express - Oct 30 14:19 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, TNA ]

  • Is Sri Lanka’s Tamil party selling out the Tamil people?

    Is Sri Lanka’s Tamil party selling out the Tamil people?

    At the same meeting where he advised Tamils not to hang on to words like federalism, Sampanthan said, “We (TNA) won’t sell out the Tamil people. We will not pawn our people’s rights…” If the TNA is sincere about not selling out Tamil interests it needs to renegotiate the constitutional proposals with the other parties. Otherwise, it will be a betrayal of…

    Asian Correspondent - Oct 04 22:13 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, TNA ]

  • Sumanthiran congratulates Govt. for introducing bill

    Sumanthiran congratulates Govt. for introducing bill

    The Bill before Parliament is a very important bill that introduces the proportion of 30% of women candidates who have to be nominated in the nomination paper submitted by any political party or an independent group when they contest a Provincial Council Election. said TNA – MP M. A. Sumanthiran in Parliament yesterday. “This is a very important issue that we…

    CDN - Sep 25 13:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, TNA ]

  • Sumanthiran withdraws FR petition challenging 65,000 house contract in North, East

    Sumanthiran withdraws FR petition challenging 65,000 house contract in North, East

    A fundamental rights petition filed by Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran seeking an Interim Order preventing any steps being taken by Minister D.M. Swaminathan with regard to entering into a contract with a French construction company to construct 65,000 of prefabricated steel houses in the North and Eastern Provinces was yesterday…

    CDN - Sep 04 10:48 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, TNA ]

  • Tamils in Sri Lanka demand govt to disclose whereabouts of missing relatives

    Tamils in Sri Lanka demand govt to disclose whereabouts of missing relatives

    The OMP was set up as a response to UN Human Rights Council's resolution which called for credible international mechanism to probe the alleged war crimes committed during the last phase of the civil war. The UN has lauded Sri Lanka for setting up the OMP, terming it a "significant milestone" for all searching for their loved ones. The government now faces pressure…

    PTI - Jul 24 14:56 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, TNA, WarCrimes ]

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  • Special features in updated draft of new Constitution

    Special features in updated draft of new Constitution

    It has stated that “The Constitution should specifically state that the Sri Lankan State is “undivided and indivisible.” It should specify that “No Provincial Council or other authority may declare any part of the territory of Sri Lanka to be a separate State or advocate or take steps towards the secession of Province or part thereof, from Sri Lanka.” …

    Sunday Times - Jun 12 15:03 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, TNA ]

  • TNA welcomes UNHRC resolution

    TNA welcomes UNHRC resolution

    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today welcomed the adoption of UNHRC resolution 34/L 1 which reaffirms the full implementation of resolution 30/1 of 2015, promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka.“We urge the Government of Sri Lanka to honour its commitment with regard to these resolutions and implement the same in letter and spirit…

    DM - Mar 25 00:00 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, TNA, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka: UN Official Calls Progress ‘Worryingly Slow’

    Sri Lanka: UN Official Calls Progress ‘Worryingly Slow’

    High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein acknowledged certain positive developments, but said that the government failed to adopt a time-bound “comprehensive strategy on transitional justice,” and called on the council to continue monitoring Sri Lankan compliance with resolution 30/1 of October 2015. “The UN high commissioner paints a picture that is in…

    HRW - Mar 04 13:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, TNA, WarCrimes ]

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  • Anura Kumara meets Sampanthan

    Anura Kumara meets Sampanthan

    JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake today met TNA Leader and Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan at his office in Colombo and discussed the current political situation in the country.

    Daily Mirror - Nov 05 15:42 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, TNA, JVP ]

  • TNA MP joins govt. with UNP’s Nawinne

    TNA MP joins govt. with UNP’s Nawinne

    Two more new ministers, who crossed over to the government from the TNA and the UNP, were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo yesterday evening. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and several UPFA parliamentarians also arrived at the Presidential Secretariat for the ceremony. UNP MP S. B. Nawinne was…

    Island - Nov 02 19:44 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Batticaloa, SriLanka, TNA ]

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  • Reflections on the Invitation to Tamil Youth at the Commemoration of Sivakumaran’s Death Anniversary

    Reflections on the Invitation to Tamil Youth at the Commemoration of Sivakumaran’s Death Anniversary

    At present, the Tamil people of the Northeast have very few leaders who are able to provide leadership and even those few have their limitations. Wigneswaran is no exception. In June last year when Wigneswaran emerged victorious by countering a plot by some members of the Provincial Council to oust him, a group of Tamil youth attempted to form a youth wing in…

    CSST - Jun 21 15:42 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, TNA ]

  • TNA requests for debate on forced Sinhalese settlements in Mullaitivu

    TNA requests for debate on forced Sinhalese settlements in Mullaitivu

    Tamil National Alliance (TNA) provincial councilmen of Northern Province have requested the Chairman of the provincial council, C. V. K. Sivagnanam to hold a debate over the government’s alleged forceful establishment of Sinhalese settlements in the Mullaitivu District. They request that, at the next council meeting scheduled on the 26th April, the council should…

    Ada Derana - Apr 25 14:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Mullaitivu, TNA ]

  • Wigneswaran not the next CM candidate: TNA

    Wigneswaran not the next CM candidate: TNA

    Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP M.A. Sumanthiran said yesterday Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran would not be given the chief ministerial candidacy again. He told a news conference that the chief minister had assured the party that he would hold the post only for two years when he was appointed the previous time. “We do not expect to appoint…

    Daily Mirror - Apr 09 15:20 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, TNA ]

  • Sirisena urged to ‘rise as a statesman’ and solve ethnic problem

    Sirisena urged to ‘rise as a statesman’ and solve ethnic problem

    “We want a statesman to rise in this country who can say, ‘I resolved the country’s national question and we think you can do it, we think you should do it and it is our expectation that it will be done,” he said, speaking at an event in Jaffna, where he shared the stage with Mr. Sirisena. The veteran Tamil leader’s remarks come at a time when Mr.…

    Hindu - Mar 20 15:36 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, TNA ]

  • TNA welcomes UNHRC report on Sri Lanka

    TNA welcomes UNHRC report on Sri Lanka

    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) welcomed the recent report released by the United National Human Rights Commissioner (UNHRC) on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, party said in a statement. ”We urge the Government of Sri Lanka to strictly adhere to the commitments it has made to the international community in bringing…

    Sunday Times - Feb 26 16:14 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: UN, TNA, WarCrimes ]

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  • Sampanthan slams Rajapaksa for Tamil Eelam remarks

    Sampanthan slams Rajapaksa for Tamil Eelam remarks

    Emphasises that contrary to what the former President claims, his party seeks solution within the framework of ‘a single, undivided country’ Leader of Opposition and senior Tamil politician R. Sampanthan on Monday said he was “alarmed” at former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s recent pre-poll campaign in which he told the Sinhalese electorate that “a Tamil…

    Hindu - Feb 20 15:44 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, TNA ]

  • We can’t despair, we can’t abandon things, says Sri Lanka’s R. Sampanthan

    We can’t despair, we can’t abandon things, says Sri Lanka’s R. Sampanthan

    The issues that have been of concern to the Tamil civilian population are the release of [civilians’] land held by the armed forces, the question of continued detention of political detenues and missing persons. I will not say that nothing has been done. I would certainly say that much more could have been done. The government has not yet addressed its commitments…

    Hindu - Jan 03 11:38 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, TNA ]

  • More worries for the TNA

    More worries for the TNA

    A new political front is likely to be mooted against the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in the Northern Province ahead of the elections to the local authorities, EPRLF leader Suresh Premachandran said yesterday. The TNA, made up of four political parties is facing an internal struggle after the Eelam People’s Evolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) led by Mr.…

    Daily Mirror - Nov 14 18:15 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, History, TNA ]

  • In order to remain as one “We are seeking maximum possible devolution” - Sumanthiran

    In order to remain as one “We are seeking maximum possible devolution” - Sumanthiran

    any Constitution that seeks to treat all of its citizens as its equals must be a secular Constitution. I am not a Buddhist and I can’t be told that I am second class in this country. A Constitution that provides a particular religion with the foremost place can’t be a Constitution that treats all of its citizens as equals. Now, it is up to this House to decide…

    Daily Mirror - Nov 02 19:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, TNA ]

  • Dispute over prisoners: TNA boycotts President’s functions in the north

    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday boycotted a state festival presided over by President Maithripala Sirisena in Jaffna in protest over the failure to resolve an going issue over Tamil prisoners in custody. The boycott came after Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan wrote to President Sirisena on Thursday seeking the release of prisoners held under the Prevention…

    Sunday Times - Oct 19 13:33 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, TNA ]

  • Constitutional choices and Tamil politics – Part 1

    Constitutional choices and Tamil politics – Part 1

    To the best of my knowledge, even the most ardent federalist within the Tamil political leadership never favored secession, nor insisted on the degree of devolution that exists in the USA, Canada, Switzerland, and many other countries. The Vaddukoddai revolution must be seen as largely an expression of despair on the part of the political leadership and of its…

    GV - Sep 28 13:58 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, World, TNA ]

  • All parties agree to accept Sri Lanka as indivisible state, says PM Ranil

    All parties agree to accept Sri Lanka as indivisible state, says PM Ranil

    All political groups in Sri Lanka, including the main Tamil party, have agreed to accept the country as an indivisible state in the new Constitution, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Thursday. Mr. Wickremesinghe’s remarks came as he presented a report of the all party steering committee on formulating the Constitution in Parliament. The new…

    PTI - Sep 21 19:44 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, TNA ]

  • Sampanthan on permanent solution to Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict

    Sampanthan on permanent solution to Sri Lanka\'s ethnic conflict

    "The Tamils struggle for self rule had been in the political arena shortly after Independence. When the accord was signed in 1987, it was almost 40 years. The accord itself was preceded by various rounds of negotiations between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil side under the auspices of the Indian government after the riots that took place in 1983," says Mr.…

    Daily Mirror - Jul 30 11:44 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, History, TNA ]

  • TNA delegation to meet Mahanayakes

    Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader Rajavarothayam Sampanthan is to lead a delegation to meet prelates of leading Buddhist chapters. They will meet the Mahanayakes of the Malwatte and Asgiriya chapters. The move follows a call by the Mahanayakes urging President Maithripala Sirisena not to go ahead with a new Constitution. President Sirisena who met a delegation of…

    Sunday Times - Jul 10 10:44 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, TNA ]

  • Govt. agrees to release more military-occupied land: TNA

    Govt. agrees to release more military-occupied land: TNA

    “People in the North and East are protesting against the delay in releasing their lands which are still being occupied by the security forces even though the war ended nearly eight years ago. The Army Commander told us they were acting on the instructions of the President and the Defense Secretary with regard to the need to early release of the lands. He said…

    DM - Apr 18 14:59 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, TNA, WarCrimes ]

  • TNA Decision Concerning Impending UNHRC Resolution

    TNA Decision Concerning Impending UNHRC Resolution

    All Sri Lanka’s obligations in terms of UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 of 1st October 2015, co- sponsored by the Sri Lankan Government, must be fully implemented. These obligations must be fulfilled under strict conditions, under the monitoring of an office of the UN High Commissioner for Human rights, which must be established in Sri Lanka. The UN…

    TNA - Mar 11 20:17 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, TNA ]

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