Sri Lanka Tamil party not to participate in PSC until government reveals its stance on power devolution

Jan 30, Colombo: A parliamentarian of Sri Lanka’s major Tamil constituent Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said the party will not participate in the proposed Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to seek solutions to the ethnic issue until the government expresses its stance.

The TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran says the President has stated that the government was ready to go beyond the 13th Amendment to the Constitution to seek a solution to the problem at the talks with the Indian Minister of External Affairs.

MP Sumanthiran says the government needs to declare the facts to public first and then the discussion can be taken up at the Parliamentary Select Committee level.

TNA has neither named a representative for the select committee nor confirmed the participation in it.

A spokesman of the major Opposition United National Party (UNP) said that the participation of the TNA is crucial in the PSC to make it meaningful.

MP Sumanthiran says the government has not expressed its stance also at the talks held with the TNA.

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