The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today dismissed speculation that it was planning to withdraw from talks with the government and reiterated its commitment to continue the bilateral discussions.
The party also denied reports that it would launch a campaign to seek the support of the Colombo-based diplomatic community to pressure the Sri Lankan government on power devolution.
“We are sincerely committed to evolving an acceptable political solution and we will work to achieve a positive outcome that will put the country on the right track,” TNA Parliamentary Group Leader R. Sampanthan said.
Asked whether any special meetings had been sought to discuss matters pertaining to the national question with foreign missions in Colombo Mr. Sampanthan said, “We meet members of the diplomatic community regularly and there is no special reason for us to meet them now.”
TNA Parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran also confirmed that no specific meetings had been arranged with members of the diplomatic community to apprise them of the on-going talks with the Government.
Sumanthiran stated that his party was not swayed by comments attributed to President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Cabinet Spokesman and Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella on the TNA’s ‘war mentality’ and the non-negotiability of land and police powers, but would continue to engage in talks with a view to finding a lasting agreement.
The next round of talks will be held on January 17, 18 and 19. (Ayesha Zuhair)
Comments - 23
Nodrog Friday, 06 January 2012 06:29 AM
can tamils living abroad file a complaint there in tamil?
Chin Chin Nona Wednesday, 04 January 2012 03:56 AM
Sincerely & cordially.
ind Wednesday, 04 January 2012 03:58 AM
Fully committed to police and land powers.
Asoka Jayawardane Wednesday, 04 January 2012 03:53 AM
Remember , TIGERS can change the Jungles but they can't change their stripe.
Alien Wednesday, 04 January 2012 12:23 PM
No problem. Good idea BTW.
Nodrog Wednesday, 04 January 2012 04:39 AM
now you are committed but earlier you went running to foreign powers for intervention which did not materialize.
PREM Wednesday, 04 January 2012 04:50 AM
Yes Sir well said. We know you are omly asking for minimum.
ind Wednesday, 04 January 2012 05:00 AM
Then what are you going to do with the Tamil people living in Colombo and other parts ? If they can live peacefully with other nations why TNA want separate province for them selves ??
ind Wednesday, 04 January 2012 05:08 AM
buffaloa citizen Wednesday, 04 January 2012 06:10 AM
In that case which sinhalese will ask forgiveness for the 1983 riots? Which sinhalese leader is going to ask forgiveness for the killing of more than 10,000 tamils in the last stage of the war? The LLRC report states the failure of past sinhalese leaders in finding a just solution to the ethnic problem, now who is going to ask forgiveness on that?
Vimal Carlos Wednesday, 04 January 2012 06:17 AM
My capital was ones up on a time Singhalese, See now ?
kalum Tuesday, 03 January 2012 01:36 PM
police power shoudnt give to the privinces,
ampare son Tuesday, 03 January 2012 01:48 PM
anything ask for north. dont mix with east.
Anton Perera Wednesday, 04 January 2012 04:35 PM
Talks should focus on recognizing the fact that all Sri Lankans have the right to live anywhere in the country. Like the Tamils in Colombo, Wattala, Dehiwela, Ratmalana, Kandy etc, Sinhalese and Muslims should be given the right to live in Jaffna, Batticaloa, Trico etc.
idiot Wednesday, 04 January 2012 08:51 AM
Send Sinhala police to north and Tamil police to south.
Mayu Wednesday, 04 January 2012 09:30 AM
East is already part of North-East.
Sri Lankan Tamil Wednesday, 04 January 2012 09:27 PM
Happily is over stated! They live there for economic purpose. Can they go to a police station and file a complain in Tamil? Can the Tamils in Jaffna do that? NO!
Do you see the problem?
Banda Wednesday, 04 January 2012 10:25 PM
Ofcourse, but not before the Tamil's self-determination is accepted and empowered
kalu sudda Tuesday, 03 January 2012 09:19 PM
The joker! How can a terrorist talk peace unless he gets down on hisknees in public and ask for forgiveness from the people whose kin were killed by them.
Mervyn Tuesday, 03 January 2012 10:23 PM
TNA it is good that you are coming back to talk. But make sure that you talk about the requirements for all those who are living in North and East i.e. Singhalese, Muslims, and Tamils. Additionally make certain that re-merger of North & East, separate Police powers, separate Land Administration powers etc is not in your agenda. Do not try to instigate racial disturbances. If Singhalese, Tamils and Muslims can live together in other provinces of Sri Lanka without having special powers, why the hell that you cannot? Think of the Tamils in Wellawatta, Pettah, Main Street, are they not living happily like the others.
vuusa Wednesday, 04 January 2012 10:20 AM
You are right. Don't forget CBK did that. Unfortunately, the people around her didn't support her moves.
Vimal Carlos Thursday, 05 January 2012 01:53 AM
Singhalese is not even legaly allowed to buy land in JAFFNA, look it up yourself! ...Tamils only sells lands to tamils its the law in Jaffna. Who discriminate who???
Vignes Wednesday, 04 January 2012 01:11 AM
What is wrong ? In India works fine and many country in the world. At lease Tamil speaking police in North and east
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