(Text of Press communique Issued by the TNA)
A delegation of the Tamil National Alliance met with Mr Hanny Megally, Chief, Asia, Pacific, Middle East and North Africa Branch, Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and his team of officials on 20th September 2012 at the office of the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations, Mr Subinay Nandy, who was also present.
The TNA delegation comprised Mr R Sampanthan, Mr Mavai Senathirajah, Mr Suresh Premachandran, Mr Selvam Adaikalanathan, Mr P Selvarajah and Mr M A Sumanthiran, Members of Parliament.
Amongst the matters discussed were land issues relating to security zones, particularly Valikamam and Sampur where the displaced people have not been able to resettle, their lands being taken over for military purposes, lands being taken over ostensibly for development purposes and on which, persons of the majority community are being settled, cultural and religious places being denied to the Tamil people, issues relating to demilitarization, disappearances, detenues, changes in the demographic composition in the North and the East, accountability and the evolution of an acceptable political solution.
The question of whether the Sri Lankan government is unequivocally committed to the implementation of the recommendations of the LLRC and the resolution adopted by the UNHRC at its sessions in March 2012 were also discussed. The discussions were free and frank. the TNA delegation thanked the UN delegation for affording the opportunity to meet with them