The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday said, they would back a common candidate, who would assure them that he or she would withdraw the military from the North, stop illegal land acquisition and resettle those still in welfare centres in Valikamam North and Sampur.Addressing the 8th memorial lecture of late TNA Parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj, Parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran said his party would back a common presidential candidate who would solve basic problems faced by the Tamils.
“It may be Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge, Ranil Wickremesinghe or Karu Jayasuriya, they should assure that they would resettle the people who are yet in welfare centres in the North and East, vacate the military from the North and stop illegal acquisition,” he said.
He added that these assurances can be rarely given by any of the candidates who are in the list.
Meanwhile he said there is an urge for the change in regime. A common candidate should give an assurance that at least the prevailing basic problems of Tamils will be solved.
“Since it is time for a presidential election, the government is calling us for talks. We have had 18 rounds of discussions, but now we have decided, as our party leader Sampanthan recently said, discussion can only be held in the presence of the international community,” he said.
He also said the Northern and Eastern Provinces are being militarized rapidly. There is no democracy prevailing in this country.
“We cannot be begging to win over our right to self determination. Recently, Minister Basil Rajapaksa asked us to at least support them at the Presidential Election. According to him we have failed to back them in many situations including the UN probe,” he said.
TNA Parliamentarian Mavai Senthirajah, Northern Provincial Councillors M.K.Sivajilingam, Ananthi Sasitharan and Western Provincial Councillor Mano Ganesan were present.