The chief of Sri Lankas Tamil Tigers has asked his 22 proxy legislators in the countrys new parliament to pressure the minority government to open talks based on the rebels blueprint for self-rule.
Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran met the MPs of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), a proxy of his guerrillas, in the northern rebel-held region of Wanni. rn
rn”The national leader thanked the Tamils for voting the TNA in and told the TNA MPs that they should ask the government to resume negotiations based on the Interim Self Governing Authority proposal,” a rebel source said on Saturday. rn
rnThe TNA has said the government must recognise the Tamil Tigers as the sole representative of the islands Tamil minority, which accounts for about 12.5 percent of the 19 million population. rn
rnThe Tigers warned earlier this month that they will return to fighting unless the new government considers the Interim Self Governing Authority, which would have rights of taxation and security in Tamil-dominated areas.