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Leader of the SLMC, Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem said he would meet the TNA today and attempt to persuade them to resume talks with the government. This follows a request to him from Indian Opposition Leader Sushma Swaraj to try to persuade the TNA to talk with the government.

‘The SLMC fully supports a political solution to the North-East problem; and a consensus between the government and the TNA is vital in that respect. I will speak to the TNA on Thursday and try to persuade them to come to the negotiation table with the government in order to arrive at a consensus on the proposals to be submitted to the Parliamentary Select Committee,” he said.

Mr. Hakeem expressed confidence that TNA leader R. Sampanthan and other members of the TNA would respond positively to his endeavour.
Meanwhile, taking a different view of the issue, TNA MP M. Sumanthiran said the TNA was not aware of any request by Mrs. Swaraj to Mr. Hakeem to act as facilitator between the government and the TNA.

“We have seen this only in the media; no one has informed us officially or unofficially. The TNA and the SLMC have a cordial relationship and often discuss political issues. There is nothing unusual in Mr. Hakeem meeting the TNA,” he added.

Mr. Sumanthiran stressed that the TNA would talk directly with the government if necessary. He said a negotiators or facilitator would not be necessary for that. (Sandun A. Jayasekera)

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  • Manik Thursday, 03 May 2012 08:39 AM

    He is one bugger who wants to perpetuate the existence of this
    wretched Govt which is burdening poor people with endless taxes.

    Fazli Thursday, 03 May 2012 09:38 AM

    The burning issue is Dambulla. Mr. Minister look at your own back yard before becoming an uninvited mediator as Sumanthiran rightly pointed out. Follow the order of priority.

    Citizen Perera Thursday, 03 May 2012 10:11 AM

    This is a very unreliable person.. he keep changing his policies for his own benefit.

    Rohan Thursday, 03 May 2012 10:42 AM

    My fear is both parties getting together to ask for 2 pieces of land !

    Ram Thursday, 03 May 2012 10:13 AM

    Afraid whether you will spoil the soup. Also no trust since you are hanging the shawl.

    Nodrog Thursday, 03 May 2012 10:56 AM

    In spite of his bad reputation for switching sides for his personal gain, if he can bring these two side together it will be a great thing.

    Anu Thursday, 03 May 2012 11:13 AM

    It will be a replay of the Panchatantra story where a monkey mediates between two cats fighting for a hopper!!!

    sensiv Friday, 04 May 2012 08:05 PM

    "Mediate "will neither party listen to you?

    Achari Thursday, 03 May 2012 03:35 AM

    Ha Ha Ha from where did you come after a long time to mediate?

    xlntgson Saturday, 05 May 2012 10:30 AM

    Any one can mediate if both the parties agree, not to pull out in the middle!

    sahdi Thursday, 03 May 2012 03:53 PM

    Dambulla issue is under the carpet...... hooh hoo..

    Kondebandapucheena Thursday, 03 May 2012 06:13 AM

    OMG be careful both parties

    p.wijesekera Thursday, 03 May 2012 06:20 AM

    Mr Hakeem is a Govt Minister. Talking to him is talking to the Govt.

    Noor Thursday, 03 May 2012 06:18 AM

    is that your concern!!!!!! it seems you don't like to have a solution for this endless issue in Sri Lanka. peace that comes in whatever form to Sri Lanka, it is blessed.

    TB Kamiss Thursday, 03 May 2012 06:36 AM

    Will TNA listen to him?

    Sri Minnal Thursday, 03 May 2012 06:37 AM

    you mind your own business...

    Rangan Thursday, 03 May 2012 07:39 AM

    Instead of ridiculing yourself, try sorting out the Dambulla issue first.

    Fayad Thursday, 03 May 2012 08:35 AM

    please one at a time what is happening for Dambulla ??


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