Sri Lanka Tamil party says next round of talks focus on power devolution, not the senate

May 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran has said that the focus of the next round of talks is devolution of power.

The Tamil legislator has told a local Sinhala daily Divaina today that the government proposal on setting up of a second chamber of the parliament would be considered only after an agreement is reached regarding the power devolution.

MP Sumanthiran, a lawyer by profession, who represents the TNA negotiating team with the government, says that the two parties have agreed to the measure.

Accordingly, the next round of talks is to focus on the power devolution, he said.

The parliamentarian further has said that the talks were postponed until May 23 since the government wanted to discuss with the coalition parties about the power devolution.

The TNA meanwhile has welcomed the government’s commitment for an expeditious and concrete progress in the ongoing dialogue between the two sides as affirmed by the External Affair Minister to the Indian government.

Commenting on the joint statement issued by the two countries Tuesday, the TNA has expressed contentment that both Sri Lanka and India had agreed that the end of the conflict has created a historic opportunity to work towards a genuine national reconciliation.

Sri Lankan government has agreed that a devolution package, building upon the 13th Amendment, would contribute towards creating the necessary conditions for such reconciliation.

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