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TNA insists it is not backing Eelam State

( October 16, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says it does not support an Eelam State in Sri Lanka but is only pushing for devolution of powers to the provinces. TNA Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who had recently called for the idea of an Eelam State to be dropped, should abolish the Executive Presidency before the Presidential elections.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa had said on Sunday that he is ready to change the Executive Presidential system if the pro-LTTE diaspora gives up their demand for an Eelam state. Speaking in Kilinochchi, the President said that he will not allow the country to be divided and for an Eelam state to be formed.

The President noted that some diaspora groups have installed their own self proclaimed prime ministers and cabinet and are attempting to gain recognition for their cause. He said that even opposition UNP leader Ranil Wickremesighe had talks with those groups. The President urged the public in the North to place their faith in his Government to ensure a better future.


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