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Tamil parties to announce stand on polls on Wednesday

Five Tamil political parties, who met yesterday for crucial talks with regards to the Presidential election, will meet again on Wednesday and announce their stand.

The five parties met in Jaffna today in an attempt to reach a consensus with regards to which candidate they must support at the election.

Former Parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran said that as the two main candidates have publicly rejected the demands of the five parties they will have more talks on Wednesday and announce their stand.

He said they are confident the Tamils will vote in accordance to the stand to be taken by the five Tamil parties.

The Tamil political parties recently signed a memorandum highlighting the key demands of the Tamils.

The memorandum contains 13 demands including a demand for a political solution and abolishing the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).

Illangai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK), People’s Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE), Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF), Tamil People’s Council (TPC) and Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO) signed the memorandum.

The memorandum notes the acceptance of the political aspirations of the Tamil Nation, recognition of the merged Northern and Eastern Provinces as the historical habitat and the traditional homelands of the Tamil Nation, acknowledgement of the sovereignty of the Tamil Nation and realisation of the fact that the Tamil People under the provisions of International Law are entitled to the right of self determination.

Courtesy: Colombo Gazette

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