Ex-LTTE members at a rehabilitation camp (file photo) Ex-LTTE members at a rehabilitation camp (file photo)
May 01, 2017

ITAK to accept ex-LTTE members Featured

The ITAK says it has decided to accept rehabilitated former LTTE members into the party.

The key affiliate of the TNA made the decision at its central committee meeting in Batticaloa on April 29, said party spokesman M.A. Sumanthiran.

It was a decision reached in consideration of their rehabilitation, livelihood and political life, he told the media.

Rehabilitated ex-LTTE women employed at garment factory (file photo)

Their standard of live should be uplifted, they should be accepted as part of civilian life and doors opened for them to politics at the proper time, he said.

Talks by a group of rehabilitated ex-LTTE members to contest the 2015 general election under the TNA did not materialize.

Subsequently, they contested as an independent group, but failed to get elected.

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The ITAK central committee also decided to bring to the prime minister’s attention about the Tamils’ reluctance to make representations to a ministerial subcommittee inquiring into the plight of the war-displaced people.

Sumanthiran noted that this subcommittee should not be confined to one ethnic community, but should consider the plight of all the displaced.

TNA leader R. Sampanthan, ITAK leader Mavai Senadhirana and secretary K. Thurairajasingham participated.