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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 109

Establish two separate units to serve the Tamils in the north and east -- TMVP Commander, Pillaiyan

Colombo, 14 March, ( Pledging that the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) is for a united and undivided Sri Lanka, the TMVP Supreme Commander Pillaiyan told the AsianTribune that the Sri Lankan government should give the lead by establishing two separate interim administrative units in the North and East provinces. This would enable the people of these two provinces to conduct their day-to-day affairs according to the wishes of the local people. Neither province should try to dictate terms to the other and their regional autonomy must be guaranteed, said Pillaiiyan.

Pillaiiyan said that the leader of the TMVP, V. Muralitharan, alias Colonel Karuna, has stated categorically that he stands for a united Sri Lanka where the territorial integrity and sovereignty should remain intact.

He said: "When we enter the mainstream of democratic process, we should also must have the opportunity of participating in the administration of the country. No one should expect us to be idle spectators without involving ourselves in solving the issues facing the country as a whole as well the people in the two provinces in particular.”

"To begin with we urge the Government to establish the North and East provincial Councils to serve the Tamils. Until such time an election is held for these two provincial Councils, we urge the Government to set up interim administration for these two councils.

"These two separate interim administrative councils consisting of Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese could provide the necessary political leadership to the people of these two provinces.

"Once interim administrative Councils are set up the people in the two provinces would be in a position to interact freely with the Government. This would open up communication channels for the government to understand the needs of the Tamil people and the Tamil people to understand the goals and programmes of the government without letting anti-people opportunists to pose as the sole representative of the Tamils.

"At present the people in these provinces have been cut from dealing with the Sri Lanka Government as there is no effective machinery to interact. Except for Minister Douglas Devananda, the only elected Member of Parliament working for the Tamils, all the other Tamils MPs are today proxies of the LTTE working to survive in politics without antagonizing the LTTE.

"Even the Government has kept a distance from the people of these two provinces as they have no machinery at present to interact with the people.

"Therefore, we urge that President to make arrangements so that the people could rely on a democratic leadership that could liberate them from the terrors and horrors of the so-called sole representative of the Tamils. An interim administration under the democratic leadership in these two provinces could make an ocean of difference for the war-weary people in these two provinces," said Pillaiiyan.

- Asian Tribune -

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