The TNA yesterday claimed the killing of Tamil People`s Forum leader Vanniasingham Vigneswaran in Trincomalee recently had triggered the present escalation of violence in the country .
The Tamil legislators who vowed to boycott the next two sittings, staged a six hour Sathyagraha outside the Parliament complex yesterday, after boycotting proceedings, against the killing of Tamil civilians allegedly by security forces in the North-East recently.
Addressing a news conference in the Parliament complex after the Sathyagraha, TNA MP Suresh Premachandran said Mr. Vigneswaran`s assassination triggered the present tension in the country which eventually led to the bomb attack on the Army Commander.
Mr. Premachandran`s viewpoint came in response to a query about the LTTE`s responsibility in resuming peace talks with the government without killing military personnel and civilians continuously. Asked whether the present chaos could have been avoided if not for the murder of Mr. Vigneswaran, he said, ?definitely.?
He claimed the Karuna faction had no place in the peace process as it was not a political entity accepted by Tamils, but just a military group operating with the government`s assistance.
He said that the LTTE had signed the Ceasefire Agreement with the government to start peace talks, and Tamils had given a mandate for it even at the recent local government polls in Tamil majority areas.
Commenting on the possibility of resuming peace talks, he said the government should first stop `extrajudicial` killings and disarm paramilitary groups as agreed at the Geneva talks in February, this year.
He also stressed the need to make suitable transport arrangements for LTTE eastern leaders to go to Wanni as a pre-requisite for talks.
Party General Secretary Mavai Senadiraja charged that 105 Tamil civilians had been killed after the Geneva talks while 20 people were killed in the aerial bomb attacks targeting LTTE locations in Sampur.
He said that according to the UN Human Rights Watch and the SLMM, Tamil and Muslim civilians had been killed in the air bombardment