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Tamil legislators boycott Sri Lanka Parliament

The TNA staged a walk out in the national assembly to protest against "escalating" attacks against the Tamil minority.

india Updated: Feb 01, 2006 17:16 IST

Sri Lanka's main Tamil political partyon Wednesdaystaged a walk out in the national assembly to protest against "escalating" attacks against the Tamil minority.

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which is seen as a proxy of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), staged the walk out after making a statement condemning security forces for attacks against Tamils and rebel supporters.

TNA leader Suresh Premachandran also warned that a spate of kidnappings involving Tamil aid workers could cast a shadow over proposed truce talks in Geneva later this month.

Five Tamil aid workers were kidnapped from Batticaloa on Sunday, a pro-rebel charity said.

The TNA, which has 22 members in the 225-member assembly, held a series of protests during the last assembly session that disrupted proceedings.

First Published: Feb 01, 2006 17:16 IST