Moderate Tamils warned Monday they would declare independence from Sri Lanka unless the government that came to power after snap April elections revived peace talks with Tamil Tigers.
The warning came as gunmen shot dead an ethnic Tamil candidate, the first to be killed in the run-up to the polls.rn
rnThe Tamil National Alliance, which includes proxies of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), said in a nine-page manifesto that they wanted a new administration to resume talks with Tiger rebels.rn
rn”The (majority) Sinhala nation should come forward soon to resume peace talks with Tigers for establishing an Interim Self Governing Authority (proposed by the Tigers),” the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said.rn
rnIt warned that delays in ending the ethnic bloodshed that has claimed over 60,000 lives since 1972 could lead to Tamils “establishing the sovereignty and independence of the Tamil nation on the basis of its right to self determination.”rn
rnThe TNA warning came as one of its riv