No agreement for re-merger of North and East, says former CJ
Date: Monday, January 18, 2010 @ 08:29:35 LKT
Topic: Lankan General News
Throwing more light on the controversial ‘agreement’ between Opposition Presidential candidate General (Retired) Sarath Fonseka and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), former Chief Justice Sarath Nanda Silva says that there is no written agreement for a re-merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces.
The former Chief Justice said that there was no such agreement signed as he had drafted the proposals that were presented to the TNA by General Fonseka.
The proposals dealt only with the problems faced by the Tamils in the Northern and Eastern Provinces and suggested solutions to those problems. There was no agreement for a re-merger, he said addressing intellectuals at Kurunegala yesterday.
The controversy began after the TNA threw it support behind General Sarath Fonseka’s candidacy at the January 26 Presidential poll. Following this, TNA Parliamentarian Kathirgamathamby Thurairetnasingam, in an interview with Prime TV stated that the party had put forward proposals that included provisions for self rule and that an agreement had been signed and that the TNA had also notified foreign governments regarding this. He added that no one could disregard the agreement as the international community too was aware of this.