Sri Lanka Tamil party wants agreement with the government regarding power devolution

Feb 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s major Tamil constituent Tamil National Alliance (TNA), reiterating its call for autonomy in the Tamil-dominated Northern and Eastern provinces, has said that their proposals for the self-government had been given to the government and they expect the government to act with responsibility.

TNA parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran has said that the government is telling one thing to India and another thing to Sri Lanka regarding a solution to the ethnic problem.

Speaking to Sinhala daily The Divaina, the MP accused that the government had not given a date for discussions with the TNA.

He has said that the TNA wanted an agreement with the government regarding the discussions before taking a decision to participate in the Parliamentary Select Committee proposed by the government.

He stressed that the TNA was positively expecting a discussion with the government.

The TNA leader R. Sampanthan had told a meeting of local government heads of the party that a fair political solution was a pre-condition for the reconciliation, equity and peace of the country.

He has further said that the TNA was demanding self-government and their demands had been given to the government in writing.

Government Spokesman and Media and Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella recently accused the TNA of dragging its feet without making a final commitment.

Rambukwella complained that unfortunately TNA runs away from the talks halfway and create a deadlock to portray a situation to the international community that the Government of Sri Lanka was giving nothing to them. This was the case since 1985 from the day talks began, he added.

Meanwhile, media reports quoting reliable sources said the government was planning to proceed with the proposed Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to seek a solution to the ethnic problem despite the Tamil party’s refusal to participate in the PSC. The PSC would meet before the end of the month, the report said.

Addressing the nation at the 64th National Independence Day celebrations in Anuradhapura Saturday, the President appealed all the political parties to participate in the PSC to achieve a political solution that is acceptable to all communities.

However, the main opposition, United National Party and the Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna have not yet announced their decision whether to participate in the PSC.

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