( August 7, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The following resolutions passed at the Annual General meeting of the Tamil United Liberation Front held on 06-08-2017 in Jaffna
1. The Tamil United Liberation Front reiterates its demand, to solve the Sri Lankan ethnic problem, by adopting the Indian model of devolution. To achieve it the TULF will solicit the support of all concerned parties.
2. The Tamil United Liberation Front desires to have all the problems the Tamil speaking people face, by negotiations and by peaceful means.
3. The government without any further delay consider resettling the Muslims who were expelled from their homes and those Tamils who were displaced during the communal violence of 1983 and fled to India. The TULF insists that sufficient compensation should be paid to all, since all of them left their homes with only what they could carry.
4. The TULF desires that all ethnic groups the Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Malays and others should have the guarantee to live as free citizens enjoying equal rights, without any discrimination.
5. The TULF wants the government to take into consideration the pathetic plight of those who are in detention for several years and take steps to release all them, under a general amnesty, as was done at the time the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord was signed. The fact that these prisoners have already spent several years in prison should be taken as a very reasonable excuse for their release and for a just claim for a substantial compensation.
6. There are several victims of war many of whom are disabled and undergoing several hardships. The TULF blames the authorities for neglecting them and demands that a regular payment of an allowance monthly for their subsistence.
7. The fishing dispute the fishing community is facing in the North and the East should be tactfully handled, since the other party involved is our immediate neighbor. Extreme caution should be taken by those who handle this problem, is the advice the TULF gives to the parties concerned.
8. We have a disgruntled youth population with hardly any chance for the majority of them to find employment. The TULF insist that the government should make available to the disgruntled youths substantial financial assistance at low interest, to enable them to find self employment.
9. The TULF calls upon the Members of the Provincial Council to avoid clashing even verbally in the interest of the poor people. The TULF very strongly feels that the Provincial Council can do a lot to enable the unemployed youths to earn and income, by investing whatever funds the Council has that could be used for this purpose.
10. The TULF is not happy about the present constitution of the TNA. However they should realize that they have a massive responsibility to solve the problems the Tamil people face. Therefore without giving undue importance to one party, neglecting other constituent parties of the alliance, every action taken should be with the consent and concurrence of all parties of the alliance.
11. The TULF is very much aware about the weaknesses of the TNA. Yet in the interest of the common people the TULF had repeatedly offered its help to the TNA. But unfortunately the TNA had dodged to accept our offer, for no reason other than the selfish interest of some leaders.
12. By giving a distorted version of the history of the TNA, some of its members had successfully cheated the people for a fair length of time and continue to do so, for their personal gains.
13. Not only private lands, even large extents of the crown lands taken over by the army should be vacated, retaining small extents genuinely required by the army.
14. The TULF very strongly condemns the government and the people’s representatives in Parliament for failing to take action to reopen the K.K.S cement factory, Elephant Pass saltern, Paranthan Chemical factory, Oddusuttan tile factory and in short all factories now remain closed like Valaichchenai paper factory, Achchuveli industrial state etc, which will give employment to thousands of unemployed youths.
15. The TULF notes with deep regret that the appointments of members of the minority communities, to various positions of higher grade in the Police force, in the Diplomatic service and appointments as Chairman for various corporations and such other institutions. The TULF calls upon the government to rectify this situation by making all appointments based on ethnic ratio.
16. Rightly or wrongly all youths suspected as having links with the LTTE had been rehabilitated and released. Almost all of them are minding their own business under very strenuous circumstances. It is wrong practice to arrest anyone of them without proof of having committed any offence. They have already suffered enough. Therefore arresting anyone and torturing them merely on suspicion should be completely avoided.
17. The TULF very strongly condemns the detention of five youths suspected as having some involvements in the attempted assassination of a Tamil Member of Parliament. Of those who are accused one is without a limb another one without one of his wrists and third one had remained in hospital for more than three months without any senses and speechless . At least the government should go all out to do justice to these youths whom the TULF believes as innocent.
18. By misusing the term TNA, the genuine struggle under taken unitedly by various political parties had been sabotaged, with the sole purpose of breaking the unity and promoting the Federal Party. The efforts taken by various Tamil groups supported by the LTTE and by people like Taraki, to bring all political parties under one umbrella and to contest the 2004 general election under one policy and one symbol, got disrupted by the Federal Party, which action the TULF strongly condemns.
19. The Federal Party that was defunct for 28 years was revived without consulting anyone related to it, but merely on the instructions of an unauthorized person. Contesting the 2004 general election on the Federal Party ticket and thereby causing the war to prolong for a further period of five years, when in fact it should have come to end with the general election of 2004 was the gravest mistake the Federal Party made. This has caused the death of not only several thousand innocent people but also caused the eradication of a group fighting for freedom and damage to several billions worth of property. The TULF condemns the Federal Party leadership and holds them responsible for the deaths of several thousand innocent people and destruction of property.
20. In the interest of the country and its people, the Tamil community in particular should windup the TNA, failing which the TULF will start a campaign condemning the TNA as a curse that had fallen on Sri Lanka. We will not hesitated to solicit the support of the International Community and the Diplomatic Community in Sri Lanka for this purpose.