Tamil political parties representing in the northern and eastern provinces of Sri Lanka have written a joint letter to the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, seeking his help in fully implementing the provisions of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution and ensuring safety of Tamils in the Island.
The letter was prepared on December 29, 2021 and updated in January 2022. The seven political parties that have signed the letter are TNA, ITAK, TELO, PLOTE, EPRLF, TMP and TNP.
The letter has been handed over to the Indian High Commissioner for Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay in Colombo today.
The letter is outlining the major problems facing the Tamil-speaking people of Sri Lanka and reminded PM Modi of the promises made by the Sri Lankan government to the Tamils and said, A joint statement was issued with the then UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stating that the President of Sri Lanka was working towards the implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. Talks will be held with all parties, including all Tamil parties, for the development and peace of Sri Lanka.
The points mentioned in the letter relates to the following:
1. Thirteenth Amendment and the Provincial Councils
2. Language Rights – Sixteenth Amendment
3. Demography, Land Grabbing, and De-limitation or Gerrymandering
4. Citizenship and Equality
5. Prisoners Under the Prevention of Terrorism Act
6. Enforced Disappearances
7. Electoral Reforms
9. One Country One Law Concept