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* Sri Lanka Tamil party seeks India's assurance to participate in PSC on ethnic issue
Sun, Oct 7, 2012, 08:00 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka's major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has sought assurances from India's central government for constructive suggestions in negotiating with the Sri Lankan government on the ethnic issue.

The Tamil party has said that it will participate in the Parliamentary Select Committee proposed by the government to resolve the ethnic issue if the Indian Centre can provide an agenda for talks.

TNA Parliamentarian Selvam Adekkalanadan speaking to a local radio has said that the TNA has decided not to participate in the PSC but if India can give some assurance regarding the productivity of the process the party will reconsider their decision.

The Indian government has offered help to create a platform to restart stalled talks between the Sri Lankan government and TNA.

A TNA delegation is scheduled to visit India on a four-day tour beginning October 10th to hold discussions with Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and other government officials in New Delhi. They will however not hold discussions with the Tamil Nadu politicians during their short tour, the TNA MP has said.

Hoping to get both sides to initiate meaningful talks through the Parliamentary Select Committee process, India has invited the TNA for discussions following a request made by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa when he met the Indian Prime Minister during his visit to India last month.

During the meeting with Indian Premier, Sri Lankan President has insisted on TNA participating in the parliamentary select committee to formulate a national solution since all parties should be involved to discuss critical issues that require changes in the constitution.

Speaking to the Sunday newspaper The Nation TNA General Secretary, Mavai Senathirajah has said that the scheduled tour is a good opportunity to express their views to Indian leaders directly.

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