The principles and specific constitutional provisions that the TNA considers paramount to the resolution of the question of the Tamil speaking Peoples in Sri Lanka relate mainly to the sharing of the powers of governance through a shared sovereignty amongst the peoples who inhabit this island. The following salient features of power sharing are fundamental to achieving lasting peace and development for all the Peoples of Sri Lanka: The Tamil People are a distinct nationality and have inhabited the island of Sri Lanka together with the Sinhalese People and others. The contiguous preponderantly Tamil Speaking Northern and Eastern provinces are the historical habitation of the Tamil Speaking Peoples. The Tamil People are entitled to the right of self-determination. Power sharing arrangements must be established in a unit of merged Northern and Eastern Provinces based on a federal structure, in a manner also acceptable to the Tamil speaking Muslim people. Devolution of powers should be over land, law and order, socio-economic development including health and education, resources and fiscal powers. Direct foreign investment in the North and East will be facilitated resulting in new industries and other employment opportunities being created for our youth. Avenues for tertiary education will also be set up so that those who cannot enter the universities can pursue higher education in relevant fields.