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* Sri Lanka Tamil party ready for discussions with the government
Tue, Apr 13, 2010, 09:22 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has said that it is not opposed to supporting an acceptable proposal on finding a lasting solution to the ethnic issue.

TNA MP-elect from the Jaffna District, Suresh Premachandran has told the BBC Tamil Service that the party was open for discussion with the government.

Premachandran has said there is some truth in recent media reports that the governing UPFA which is few seats shy of a two-thirds majority in parliament at the recent general elections may seek their support to consolidate such a majority.

According to him, the TNA does not have any idea at present as to what types of constitutional amendments were likely to be brought forward.

He has however added that if President Mahinda Rajapaksa comes forward with constitutional reforms aimed at finding solutions to the ethnic problems the TNA would definitely discuss such proposals with him.

"If those changes are made with a view to finding a lasting political solution to the ethnic issue, then the TNA will consider it in a positive way," he has told BBC.

The TNA has already made public its view on what steps should be taken regarding the issue in its election manifesto.

The TNA parliamentarian-elect has told the BBC that whether the President is willing to discuss the issues based on them, or whether he brings in different proposals, the party was prepared to discuss such proposals.

Premachandran has added that the Tamils have rejected the call for a 'unitary state' and have voted for a 'united Sri Lanka' and hence the TNA was prepared to speak to the government within a 'united Sri Lanka' framework.

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