Withdraw army from Sri Lanka’s northeast, says TULF

June 17th, 2011 - 6:47 pm ICT by IANS  

Colombo, June 17 (IANS) A Tamil political party has demanded the withdrawal of Sri Lankan troops from the northeast after they allegedly assaulted Tamil MPs at a meeting of another party in the region.

The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) said it “very strongly” condemned the attack by soldiers on a meeting of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in Jaffna.

“They assaulted people who had assembled there and chased them away and also caused damage to bicycles and motor cycles.

“Attempt was made by the soldiers to assault MPs of TNA. Even their security personnel were injured. This high-handed act of the army should stop.”

The TULF, which has previously opposed the formerly pro-Tamil Tigers TNA, said the incident showed why the army should not be deployed in the Tamil-majority northeast of Sri Lanka.

“This is why I am insisting on the withdrawal of the army from the north and the east and (an) administration by civil officers. If incidents of this nature are not (stopped), the country’s future will be bleak.”

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