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* Sri Lanka Tamil party delegation to leave for India today
Wed, Oct 10, 2012, 09:43 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 10, Colombo: A seven-member delegation of Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Sri Lanka's major Tamil party, will leave for India today on an invitation extended by the Indian government to hold discussions on the ethnic issue.

During their four-day tour to New Delhi, the TNA delegation is scheduled to hold discussions with Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and other government officials in New Delhi on a solution to the ethnic issue.

The delegation, led by TNA Leader R. Sampanthan will include TNA parliamentarians Selvam Adekkalanadan, Mavai Senathirajah, Suresh Premachandran, M. A. Sumanthiran, Appathurai Vinayagamoorthy, and P. Selvarasa.

They will however not hold discussions with the Tamil Nadu politicians during their short tour, a TNA member has said.

The talks will be focused on finding a sustainable solution to the ethnic issue and the welfare of the Tamil community in the North and the East.

The Indian government has offered help to create a platform to restart stalled talks between the Sri Lankan government and TNA on the ethnic issue and it is expected that the Indian government will persuade the TNA to participate in the proposed Parliamentary Select Committee to bring up a permanent solution to the power devolution.

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