TNA to discuss Tamil cause with New Delhi

By Skandha Gunasekara

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is to send a delegation to visit India in order to discuss with New Delhi the current plight of the Sri Lankan Tamil community.

Leader of the TNA R. Sampanthan, speaking to The Sunday Morning, said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his recent visit to Sri Lanka, had invited the TNA to New Delhi.

“When Prime Minister Modi was in Sri Lanka, several matters were discussed and we have been asked to come to Delhi. So we are hoping to undertake that journey shortly,” MP Sampanthan said.

When asked as to what would be discussed with New Delhi, MP Sampanthan stated that the TNA hoped to urge India to play a more active role in ensuring the Sri Lankan Government kept its commitment to the international community with regard to the national question.

“We will be discussing the fact that Sri Lanka has not yet delivered on its commitments on the national question. Many commitments have been made to India and other countries that supported a resolution on this matter – countries which have assisted in the negotiations – but none of these commitments have been fulfilled. I think in the present context, when there is a lull in movement, it is necessary that the international community, to whom commitments have been made by Sri Lanka, should activate themselves and make the Sri Lankan Government realise that those commitments have to be delivered at once,” he said.

The TNA hopes to send its delegation in the coming weeks.