Matters of immediate concern to our people

In addition to pursuing a just and lasting peace for our people, we will actively engage in addressing the immediate and current concerns of our People and will strive to achieve the following:

  • Meaningful de-militarization resulting in the return to the pre- war situation as existed in 1983 by the removal of armed forces, military apparatuses and High Security Zones from the Northern and Eastern Provinces.
  • Tamil People who have been displaced in the North and East due to the conflict must be speedily resettled in their original places; housing provided, their livelihoods restored and their dignity respected.
  • Compensation must also be paid for the loss of lives, to those who have been maimed and to those who have suffered losses because of the military campaign.
  • Persons who are detained without charge must be released promptly and a general amnesty should be granted to the others, as an initial step towards national reconciliation.
  • Tamils who fled the country over the last 30 years also must be permitted to return to their homes and a conducive atmosphere must be created for their return.
  • A comprehensive programme for the resettlement of the Tamil People and the rehabilitation and development of the North and East including the creation of employment opportunities for the youth will be undertaken with the active participation of the Tamil diaspora and the International Community.
  • There ought to be no displaced persons. But until we achieve that we will take steps to increase the relief granted to the IDPS in order to meet the growing cost of living.
  • We will emphasise the need to establish a special commission to uplift the socially and economically disadvantaged sections of our society, in order to increase their livelihoods and make them equal citizens who can live in dignity.
  • We will take necessary steps to raise the standard of living of fishing communities by providing them access to modern technologies and an atmosphere in which they can freely engage in their vocation.
  • The salaries of government servants and private sector employees need to be raised. as well as The living standards of daily employed and those at the very bottom of the social scale needs to be raised.
  • We will do everything in our power to secure employment opportunities for unemployed graduates and others.