A TNA parliamentarian yesterday told Parliament that there were two countries within Sri Lanka in which President Mahinda Rajapakse was the leader of the Sinhalese and LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran remained the leader of the Tamils.
Speaking during the emergency debate in Parliament, the party`s Jaffna district parliamentarian M.K. Sivajilingam extended his congratulations to President Rajapakse and Prime Minister Ratanasiri Wickramanayake.
He said his party would reject the government`s plan to enter into a dialogue on the peace process with the southern political parties without talking to the LTTE to identify its stance.
Referring to the President`s plan to resume talks with the LTTE by leaving out the concepts of a Tamil homeland and self-determination, he asked on what grounds the President was going to discuss the issue by leaving out these key concepts.
He said `the government had so far held talks with the Tigers with the mediation of a third party, but expressed concern over President Rajapakse`s silence regarding a third party involvement in resuming future talks with the LTTE.
?Tomorrow, the leader of the Tamils celebrates his birthday. We wish him strength to gain self-determination rights for the Tamil community,? he said.
He said President Rajapakse could not achieve peace by acting arbitrarily by giving into pressure from the JVP and JHU.