Sri Lanka’s major Tamil constituent wants the government to propose a solution for the ethnic problem

June 18, Colombo: A spokesman of Sri Lanka’s major Tamil constituent, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says that the party expects a solution for the ethnic problem to be proposed by the government at the next round of talks.

The spokesman told the Sinhala Sunday newspaper The Divaina that the next round of talks would be crucial and the government needed to propose a solution.

The newspaper reported quoting the government sources that the 13th Amendment to the Constitution would be proposed by the government as a solution at these talks.

Sri Lanka has agreed to devolve power to the minority Tamils according to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution made under the Indo- Lanka Accord of July 1987.

The Amendment envisages province as the unit of power and devolution of powers between the center and the provinces as a solution to the ethnic conflict.

The Provincial Councils established under this amendment in 1988 are defunct in the Tamil dominated Northern Province since 1990.

The next round of talks between the government and the LTTE has been scheduled for June 23.

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