Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan said the ongoing discussion on the internal rift that had arisen in the party would not impede the headway being made in achieving the objectives of Sri Lanka’s Tamil speaking people.
“There was a lengthy discussion and a frank exchange of views among the constituent parties on Thursday. We are carrying out a serious dialogue and hope to resolve this matter soon” he said.
Mr. Sampanthan said the rift had arisen mainly over the administration of the party.
The TNA is made up of the TULF, EPRLF, TELO and PLOTE as constituent parties.
“This rift is not in any way related to the political goals and aspirations of the Tamil people or the parties in the alliance. Our political aspirations, efforts and commitments towards the Tamil people of this country remain steadfast as always,” he said.
TNA spokesman Suresh Premachandran told Daily Mirror the calls to register the TNA as a separate political party was a focal point of the issue.
“There have been calls to register the TNA as a separate political party, but some of the constituent parties have their reservations about it,” he said.
Mr. Premachandran said the political objectives of the TNA would remain strong
“This is not going to impede our objectives. We will in one voice continue with our objectives to provide the Tamil people with a justiciable solution,” he said. (HF)