The United National Party (UNP) assured the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) that it would support the latter in its talks with the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) regarding a solution to the country’s ethnic problem.
TNA MP M.A.Sumanthiran told Daily Mirror that UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has assured the TNA that his party would give its fullest support if the TNA and UPFA reach an agreement.
“Our leadership has kept the UNP informed regarding our talks with the government” Mr.Sumanthiran added. The meeting between the TNA and the UNP were held on Monday evening at the Opposition leader’s official residence at Marcus Fernando Mawatha in Colombo.
Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, UNP National Organizer Ravi Karunanayake and MP Lakshman Kiriella represented the United National Party, while TNA leader R.Sampanthan and MP Sumanthiran participated on behalf of the TNA.
Mr. Sumanthiran also pointed out that the government delegation had put off the meeting to discuss the devolution of power on three occasions. “We have clearly told the government that this is not the correct time to discuss the creation of a senate. Priority should be given to the subject of devolution of power. They have accepted our position now” Mr.Sumanthiran added.
The next meeting between the government and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is scheduled for June 23.
A very good decision by the UNP. There must be everlasting peace & friendship among the multi- ethnic peoples of this country. A State like in India will be ideal.
Hosndd Wednesday, 18 May 2011 07:10 AM
Country broot !!!!!!!
Saleem Wednesday, 18 May 2011 07:27 AM
Only a Federal solution with autonomous power will enable the minorities to develop themselves without the diktat of the big brother.
UK Tamil Boy Wednesday, 18 May 2011 07:43 AM
I don't believe these politicians. they are not good for people.
Bumba Tuesday, 17 May 2011 10:13 PM
Ranil had better put his house in order before trying to others in order. Please Ranil, enough is enough, GO!
Chamalka Wednesday, 18 May 2011 01:26 AM
Good to see Hon . Wickramasinghe has decided not to repeat what his uncle did in the past ....
P.L.J.B.Palipana Wednesday, 18 May 2011 04:05 AM
Hi! Mr.Sumanthiran, we can't understand what do you mean the phrase " DEVOLUTION OF POWER".
Jayapalan poet Wednesday, 18 May 2011 03:54 AM
We Tamils will get a federal state. I have no doubt in that. Sinhalese have the power to decide weather Tamils are going to live under Colombo or New Delhi
Banda Wednesday, 18 May 2011 04:20 AM
Ranil will agree with Mr. he doesn't care what people think.
Moda Wansa Wednesday, 18 May 2011 05:22 AM
Go and search dictionary.
Jazz Wednesday, 18 May 2011 01:31 PM
On 'principle' and on 'political correctness', it's certainly the right thing for the UNP to say & do. However, this would have carried much more weight if the UNP actually had any significant parliamentary representation. As things are, it makes no difference whether the UNP backs the process or not. This party reminds me of a patient who is terminally ill. Very sad.....
Wimal_Modawansa Wednesday, 18 May 2011 05:51 AM
If not Jaya madam may have her ways.
Ranjith.BG Wednesday, 18 May 2011 02:25 PM
Sri Lanka land area 65,000 square km, Total India 3,287,950 square km from that Tamil Nadu 130,058 square km. See how small are Sri Lanka. Our total population only 22,000,000 with 18%n of Tamil Just only 3,500,000. Tamil Nadu over 65,000,000 of Tamil population. Who wants to give federal state for north and east? Then what left for 19.000,000 sri Lankans. LTTE have given nearly 30 years of problem to us. If someone wants federal state please go to tamil nadu and stay there without giving trouble to another country. If not can ask separate government for tamils from India in Tamil Nadu. Others can stay with us like before without any problem.
Palitha Ranatunge Thursday, 19 May 2011 06:46 AM
UNP is capable of fishing in tranqill waters.Mere opprtunists.
Jayasiri Wednesday, 18 May 2011 06:16 AM
UNP will support anyone that would make MR the next president. Another cease fire agreement?
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