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Persuade TNA to resume talks: Govt. tells UNP

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The government said today it was glad that the United National Party (UNP) and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) had held a joint May Day rally in Jaffna, and urged UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to persuade the TNA to resume talks with the government.

Cabinet spokesman and Acting Media and Information Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardana told the weekly cabinet briefing today that the government was extremely happy to see the two leaders carrying the lion flag together in Jaffna.

He said it would auger well for political co-existence and racial harmony in Sri Lanka.

“This is a good opportunity for Mr. Wickremesinghe to convince the TNA of the importance of participating in the now stalled discussion with the government help arrive at a consensus on the North-East issue and pave the way to set up the Parliamentary Select committee (PSC),” the minister said.

He said the joint UNP-TNA May Day procession and rally was the best means of showing the international community how the government had brought peace and stability to the North after the 30-year-old war. (Sandun A. Jayasekera)

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  • Chanakya Saturday, 05 May 2012 06:20 AM

    Invitation for Ranil to mediate should come from the President himself and a poll-vaulter like L Y A

    Imran Hussein Saturday, 05 May 2012 06:23 AM

    Well said Sanjey. Cant understand why they need the UNP or rather Ranil now, when they have all the power on earth.

    rehan Saturday, 05 May 2012 06:41 AM

    YOU cant eat the cake and have the cake, when it comes to negotiation, you got to be straight like RANIL NO BORU KATHA

    Mason Saturday, 05 May 2012 07:23 AM

    The government in the first instance has agreed with the TNA to a basic structure within which the talks are to be held. Now the TNA wants this, but the government goes about telling visiting delegations and others to persuade TNA to come for talks. Let the government first fulfill their obligation first.

    CP Saturday, 05 May 2012 07:54 AM

    Why can't you find a suitable person from your "All powerful" jumbo cabinet to deliver the message to TNA. If you are really want to resume talks.

    AMG Friday, 04 May 2012 05:41 PM

    Say thank you to Ranil for everything!

    Sanjey Fernando Friday, 04 May 2012 06:40 PM

    What prevents you from approaching TNA direct? Why Ranil is needed now? Everybody knows that TNA is pissed off with the government and am sure you too knows that. First try and be genuine to negotiate with anybody, not only TNA. That's why TNA is with UNP now and more to follow!

    Royalist Friday, 04 May 2012 07:11 PM

    Hora Balallú lawwa Kos-Ata Bawanawa!

    Zarudeen Friday, 04 May 2012 07:59 PM

    When are you going to wave flag with KP?...... We are waiting to see it soon

    Upali Giniwelle Saturday, 05 May 2012 04:16 PM

    Why do not you go home and leave everything for Ranil to govern. Then only you can see a peaceful prosperous Sri Lanka.

    Mo Saturday, 05 May 2012 05:25 AM

    All TNA politicians and Mr Sambandan is also Sri Lankans. Why you want to emphasis TNA leader carrying the lion flag together in Jaffna. Many Sri lankans want political co-existence and racial harmony in country. Every provinces has to share the political power with united Sri Lanka. Provincial council should establish base on geographical classification same as in British colonial time and not base on ethncity. Every councli has same power and no favouration for any one. Please do not divided the country. Many politicans and high ranked government officers lead down the country in present and past. Please don't do in future.


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