In the final run up to the election, candidates of the TNA across the five districts have come together on three key points of their electoral campaign -reaffirming their belief in the Tamil nation’s right to self-determination, rejecting the 13th Amendment or the unitary Sri Lankan constitution as a point that can lead to a political solution, and reiterating the need for an international investigation into war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.
In advertisements printed in the local Tamil newspapers over the last few days, a total of seventeen candidates from all five districts – eight from Jaffna district including Ananthi Sasitharan and C.V. Wigneswaran, three from Killinochchi and two from Vavuniya, Mannar, and Mullaithivu respectively – have expressed the follow three points:
1) We insist that any political solution should recognise the Tamils as a nation entitled to the right to self determination and shall be based on a united NorthEast.
2) Neither the flawed 13th amendment nor the unitary Sri Lankan constitution can lead to a solution that reflects the aspiration of the Tamil people
3) We charge that Tamils living in Sri Lanka are subjected to genocide. Even after the war, demographic change through the systematic colonisation and land grab are continuing. We are firm on our insistence that the war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity committed against the Tamil people during the war and for the last 30 years should be investigated though an international, independent, UN mechanism.