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TORONTO: Hailing the victory of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in Northern Provincial Council elections, the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) has urged Sri Lanka to respect the wishes of Tamils and implement the 13th amendment immediately.
In a statement here, the CTC congratulated Chief Minister elect Justice C.V. Wigneswaran for leading the TNA to the impressive election victory in which the party bagged 30 out of 38 seats for the Northern Province Council.
Despite the intimidation by the Sri Lankan government through its army, police, military intelligence and paramilitary groups, the TNA has scored a resounding victory, the Canadian Tamil Congress said.
“The Tamils of Northern Province have sent a clear message to the Sri Lankan government, and the international community, that they strongly feel their democratic right to be heard must be heeded in any future actions concerning them,” the CTC statement said.
“We at the CTC call upon the Sri Lankan government to recognize the wishes of the Tamil people through the result of this election and immediately implement the 13th amendment in full. It is also very clear from the TNA election manifesto, the government of Sri Lanka must go far beyond the 13th amendment to satisfy the Tamil people. We therefore call upon the international community, particularly India, to put all their influence in helping to implement the legitimate demands of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka,” the statement added.
Congratulating the people of the Northern Province for voting the TNA to victory, the CTC vowed to “stand by the TNA and its Chief Minister elect Justice C.V. Wigneswaran in their quest to achieve real equality, justice, peace and respect for our people.”