Sri Lanka: Representatives of Tamil political parties to submit 13-point proposal to presidential candidates
In Sri Lanka, the main political parties representing Tamil minorities have agreed to submit a 13-point proposal to the candidates contesting the presidential election next month. The proposal contains 13 demands including demand for a political solution, addressing the war crimes committed during three-decade LTTE war and abolishing the Prevention of Terrorism Act.
Representatives of Tamil political parties stated that the agreement was reached during a discussion held in Jaffna recently. The five parties decided to support Presidential candidates based on their response to the stipulated set of proposals. Tamil parties have been demanding merger of north and east provinces having Tamil majority population and greater devolution along with a new constitution guaranteeing non-discrimination along ethnic lines. However, the progress on it has been slow as a decade passed over since end of LTTE war in 2009.