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The relationship built up with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will not be confined to the May Day rally but have as its main objective the bringing about of national reconciliation, the main opposition United National Party (UNP) said today.

UNP spokesman and Galle District MP Gayantha Karunatileke told journalists that with the new impetus his party would work towards a permanent reconciliation between the North now South.

“We have been able to send a positive message to the world as we have shown that the Tamil parties in the country are ready to join mainstream politics without lobbying for separatism,” he said.

Mr. Karunatilleke said the government too had a role to play in resolving the national question through a political solution but unfortunately there was a lack of consensus within government ranks on a political solution.
“With regard to the 13th Amendment, the Government is unable to decide whether it’s going to be plus or minus despite the repeated assurances given in the recent past,” he said.

When asked whether party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe had asked for a report on the participation of the party members at the UNP’s May Day celebrations in Jaffna last week, Mr. Karunatilleke confirmed that such a report would be submitted to Mr. Wickremesinghe and that there was nothing unusual about the party leader calling for it. He said this matter would be discussed at the party’s working committee meeting. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 18

  • Jay Ranaweera Tuesday, 08 May 2012 12:05 PM

    Ranil gave N & E on a gold platter with CFA and LTTE started killing many Intelligent Officers and stated building up their gun power and no Police or Army or anyone from South was not allowed into N.Lets see what will happen again with this ne alliance TNA instead of LTTE where both were same.

    wicks Tuesday, 08 May 2012 06:08 AM

    may wa dawal heenayak tmai.

    Imran Hussein Tuesday, 08 May 2012 07:00 AM

    Are you a Beliatte Royalist? Please change your nickname.

    lanka Tuesday, 08 May 2012 07:01 AM

    UNP...........Now where else you can go?

    fazal Tuesday, 08 May 2012 08:17 AM


    Real Peace Monday, 07 May 2012 06:19 PM

    Ranil....go on Ranil on nation building......we all are the children of mother Lanka....let's embrace each other on the basis equity and respect and bring milk and honey to this beautiful nation. The only drawback is that Singapore will become very jealous of us!!

    sanju79 Monday, 07 May 2012 06:26 PM

    First a reconciliation within the party.

    shantha madawela Monday, 07 May 2012 06:37 PM

    unp haulak....?

    Gurunnansey Monday, 07 May 2012 06:29 PM

    At last Mr. Gayantha recognized that UNP is a multi-ethnic party and we would like you supporting our party leader rather working for the government agenda of Sajith.

    Paths Monday, 07 May 2012 06:35 PM

    UNP or SLFP - its same when it comes to restoring inalienable rights of Tamil speaking people to live peacefully in a secular state. All 3 anguages oficial with TAMIL as main oficial language of use in NE & Upcountry.. National reconciliation may then be posible. Why not TNA come to terms with UNP or SLFP & contest as UNP or SLFP candidates. Elections Comisioner must be empowered NOT to register parties with communal tags like TNA & SLMC. TNA can be North East party & SLMC Moon & Star party.

    Wimal_Madawanda Monday, 07 May 2012 07:16 PM

    Now some other political joker will link UNP with LTTE and block this initiative as well.

    Royalist Monday, 07 May 2012 07:30 PM

    Why does he want another report on participation? He was there; wasn't he... or had he gone whale watching?

    Cyril Alwis Tuesday, 08 May 2012 09:34 AM

    Sinhalese and Tamil languages should be used as second languages becuase these are not international. We have to learn mainly English and, perhaps, also French. In Europe, the kindergarden. Without Englisch we will not be able to co-operate with the rest of the world.


    Mohamed Marzook Monday, 07 May 2012 08:56 PM

    The stalemate should be broken and there should be a beginning from somewhere. It appears the Govt. has become clueless and leaving room for more disorder in the country. At least the opposition should act now before it is too late and the volcano erupts.

    Kalu Sudda Monday, 07 May 2012 10:01 PM


    Jegan Tuesday, 08 May 2012 10:13 AM

    What about East??Suddenly everyone seems to have forgotten about it!

    ampare son Monday, 07 May 2012 11:52 PM

    we are very happy to that. but dont think about merge north and east.

    siri Tuesday, 08 May 2012 10:30 AM

    dear MP,make your future co ordinate with Sajith,he has crystal clear future.

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