TNA legislators meet with Tamil Leader Prabaharan
In a land mark meeting today 20th April 2004 in Kilinochchi all the 22 Tamil elected representatives of the NorthEast had discussions with Mr. Veluppillai Prbaharan, Leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
Mr. Prabaharan, at the outset, thanked the Tamil people for having conveyed to the whole world the cardinal message that the Liberation Tigers are their authentic representatives. He further said that over 17 000 martyrs have, through their sacrifice and commitment, provided us this opportunity and the political space for us to win back our lost rights. Petty differences, he said, have all been sunk in the larger freedom perspective and the Tamil nation standing together with one voice, gives me immense pleasure ,
we all should learn to prioritise common welfare and give up selfish motives when it comes to Tamil national upliftment and freedom. In conclusion he said that it is the Tamil people's strength and unity that can bring about lasting peace and solicited the unstinted support of the legislators to take forward the Tamil struggle, "The Tamil people voted for you on the basis of the principles of Tamil nationalism. You should understand their feelings and work to realise their aspirations.said Mr. Velupillai Pirapaharan, speaking to 22 MPs of the Tamil National Alliance.
Mr. Pirapaharan and the TNA MPs discussed ways of taking forward the stalled peace talks and negotiating the LTTE's proposal for Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) with the new government in Colombo.
The LTTE leader told the MP elect from Batticaloa that his request would be considered favourably as one coming from a person elected by the people.
"We do not believe that we can achieve anything by going to Parliament. We firmly believe that we can realise our aspirations only under your leadership. If our aspirations are frustrated by the southern polity again we would join you in the liberation struggle", said Mr. Sivanathan Kishore, MP elect for Vanni.
The TNA MPs had lunch with the LTTE leader after the
conclusion of the meeting which commenced at Tuesday.