TNA crisis deepens

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Foreign Relations Committee made up of Members of Parliament who have been spending most of their time in foreign countries in the recent months has come out to defend the LTTE without consulting the hierarchy of the party, The Sunday Times learns.

The Committee comprising five members issued a statement critical of Sri Lankas Donor Co-Chairs without consulting the party leadership. The statement was unsigned but was released to the media on a Sri Lankan Parliament letterhead.

Hours before the statement was issued, committee member Kajendrakumar Ponnambalam made a statement to the pro-LTTE Tamilnet website, criticizing the Co-chairs – the United States, European Union, Japan and Norway.

The committee was among four such committees appointed reportedly on the insistence of the LTTE three years ago.

The statement by the committee came in the wake of reports that some TNA MPs had settled down in foreign countries while a few others were staying back to go to their electoral bases and carry on with their political activities.

The Sunday Times last week reported about the clear division in the party and said that at least six of the members have already settled down overseas.

Meanwhile, in Colombo TNA MPs have been calling the party leadership to summon a new conference about the plight of the civilians in the Wanni, but they have not got a positive response.

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