Sri Lanka Tamil party tells President not to vacillate on the ethnic issue

Jan 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s major Tamil political party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says that President Mahinda Rajapaksa should stop vacillating in finding a political solution to the ethnic issue and honor the undertaking given to the TNA.

TNA parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran told ColomboPage that the President should not be changing his stance with regard to finding a solution to the ethnic issue.

“He keeps changing his stance on the issue every now and then,” he said.

He explained that the President has given an undertaking to the TNA that a solution to the ethnic issue would be discussed with the party.

“However, he then proposed a parliamentary select committee (PSC) and asked the TNA to submit names to it. The TNA then agreed to provide names after reaching a substantive agreement with regard to the solution in the talks with the government. The government then stopped the discussion with the TNA. Now the President is trying to convene an all party conference,” he observed.

“It’s not good for the President to be changing his stance. He must honor the agreement with the TNA,” Sumanthiran noted.

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