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* Talks between Sri Lankan government and Tamil party continue today
Thu, May 12, 2011, 09:57 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 12, Colombo: Representatives of the Sri Lankan government and the major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance met this evening for a sixth round of talks to reach a political solution to the ethnic issue.

At the weekly Cabinet news briefing today, government spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella has said that talks are in progress with the TNA representatives for the appointment of a new Political Representative Council through Constitutional Reforms.

The Minister has said that a new political body had had been proposed at the ongoing talks and the modalities regarding the proposal were now being examined and worked out, the state run ITN reported.

The TNA has said the party expected the government's response to the power devolution proposals made by them.

Minister Rambukwella has said that the proposal will be discussed with other political parties to reach a consensus that satisfies all concerned and if all agree it needs to be introduced with amendments to the Constitution.

TNA parliamentarian and Attorney, M. A. Sumanthiran has said the TNA was yet to receive the list of names of Tamil detainees as agreed by the government.

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