Sampanthan says TNA ready for discussions to come to a practical solution

Sampanthan says TNA ready for discussions to come to a practical solution

Written by Staff Writer

22 Dec, 2013 | 10:38 am

[quote]The only intention of the Parliamentary Select Committee, is to consider the removal of powers vested through the 13th amendment to the constitution. We cannot join the Select Committee in this situation. If we are to join the select committee then we must have a permanent political solution[/quote]

The Tamil National Alliance reiterates that if the Sri Lankan Governmnet’s Parliamentary Select Committee charges that the TNA participates in discussions to expand their quota, they will consider it.

Leader of the TNA R. Sampanthan speaking at a discussion with the BBC World Service said that he is ready for discussions to come to a practical solution.

“We have accepted the President’s invitation and are considering it. We are working under the belief that these problems must be resolved from within the country itself. Talks were held between the Tamil National Alliance and the Government for over a year seeking a solution to this problem. During the third round of talks we presented our proposals in writing. The government said that they would respond. Although several years have passed we have not received a response. It is during this timeframe that another round of talks was held between the President and the Tamil National Alliance. An agreement was reached there, but it was not implemented.”

He made this statement in response to the statement made by President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Parliament  that solutions for problems in Sri Lanka should be found from within the country itself.  According to the BBC R. Sampanthan said that he is ready to carefully assess the President’s request.

“We will not reject the President’s invitation. Until the government makes a change in its stance we must act thinking about this factor. The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission has concluded that such problems have arisen because solutions were not provided to the problems faced by the Tamil people. A political solution is necessary and that commission has recommended that the government must put forward its proposals and come forward for talks. The government has not acted in accordance with the recommendations of the commission appointed by them. This must change. We are prepared at any instance for discussions on a solution that can be brought forth from within the country. We will not falter in this.”

R. Sampanthan said that the government has not responded, even though  they had carried out discussions with the TNA for one year. He also said that even though a few agreements have been made with the President they have not been implemented as yet.


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