Sri Lankan government and major Tamil party to discuss a political solution today

Aug 04, Colombo: Representatives of the Sri Lankan government and the major Tamil political party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) are to meet this afternoon at the Presidential Secretariat to discuss a political solution to the ethnic issue.

This is the 10th round of talks between the two parties and the first after the TNA scored a major victory in the polls held last month for local government bodies in Northern Province.

The TNA has already handed over its proposals and is awaiting the written proposals of the government.

The party said last week it was difficult to proceed with the dialogue if the government fails to present its set of proposals.

TNA parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran has said that todays discussion would be based only matters related to a political solution.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s main opposition United National Party (UNP) has expressed doubts on reaching a positive outcome from the dialogue between the TNA and the government.

Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management Nimal Siripala de Silva and Minister of External Affairs Prof G.L. Peiris were scheduled to be present for the discussions with the TNA delegation while the two other parliamentarians Prof. Rajiva Wijesinghe and Sajin Vaas Gunawardena are reportedly in foreign tours.

The TNA delegation, led by Leader MP R. Sampanthan, comprises senior Parliamentarians Mavai Senathirajah, Suresh Premachandran and M.A. Sumanthiran.

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