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TNA submits memo to Manmohan

By Kelum Bandara
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has with the help of some Lok Sabha members had submitted a memorandum to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh requesting him to prevail upon the Sri Lankan government to remove the military camps in the North, TNA parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran said today.

He said the TNA delegation, which participated at the Delhi summit organized by the Indian Congress Party of India had highlighted various other issues confronting the Tamil-speaking people in the North and the East.

“We interacted with a number of Lok Sabha MPs from the ruling party and the opposition and submitted this memorandum to Dr. Singh through them,” he said and added that the dismantling of High Security Zones was another key demand highlighted in the memorandum.

“There are restricted areas in the North and the East. People should be allowed to resettle in these areas in a normal atmosphere,” he said.

“We have not heard anything from them so far,” Mr. Premachandran said when asked whether there was any response.

The TNA held eight rounds of talks with the Sri Lankan government to evolve a political solution but the talks are now at a stalemate over some demands by the TNA.

“We are awaiting the government’s response to our demands,” he said.

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