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No autonomy, no peace, warns LTTE
April 05, 2004 18:54 IST
Last Updated: April 05, 2004 18:55 IST
The LTTE on Monday warned that they would resume their fight for secession and a sovereign Tamil State in Sri Lanka unless their demands for near complete autonomy in the north and the east of the island were not met, report agencies.
If not, "the Tamil people will fight to establish the Tamil sovereignty in their homeland," said a communique issued by the LTTE's Political Division .
Reacting to the April 2 parliamentary election---in which no party won a clear majority - the LTTE said the fact that the Tamil National Alliance had emerged as the third largest party indicated that the Tamil minority accepted the outfit's leadership and endorsed it's calls for autonomy.
While not contesting the election directly, the Tigers had endorsed the TNA as its proxy party. 'Through this mandate the Tamil people have acknowledged the leadership of the Liberation Tigers as that of the Tamil national leadership,' the communique said.
With 22 seats in the 225-member Parliament, the TNA emerged as the third largest party in Friday's vote. President Chandrika Kumaratunga's political alliance garnered 105 seats while outgoing prime minister's Ranil Wickremesinghe's UNP secured 82.
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