Sri Lankan government sees no reason to continue talks with Tamil party, pushes for parliamentary committee instead

Jan 29, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government says there was no logical reason in continuing talks with the major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on finding a political solution to the ethnic issue when the final solution would be decided by the proposed parliamentary select committee (PSC).

The government has therefore decided not to continue separate talks with the TNA on finding a political solution.

Government Spokesperson and Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella has said that the government’s stance was that the proposed PSC has to decide on the political solution to the ethnic issue.

He has said there was no logical reason to continue with talks with the TNA since matters discussed with the TNA would also have to be discussed and decided at the PSC.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has pledged to implement the final decision put forward by the PSC.

Referring to the President assurance to Indian External Affairs Minister of a solution that goes beyond the 13th Amendment, Rambukwella has said that it was just an offer and that the process of finding a solution would be through the PSC.

The talks between the government and the TNA were due to be held on January 17th, 18th and 19th but were cancelled after the government decided not to participate.

The government has urged all political parties including the TNA to name their representatives to the PSC. However, the opposition United National Party (UNP), Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and TNA have not heeded the government’s request yet.

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