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* Sri Lanka Tamil party says parliamentary committee not the right mechanism to achieve a political solution
Wed, Dec 25, 2013, 01:02 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance says the government's parliamentary select committee (PSC) is not the suitable mechanism to reach a political solution to the ethnic problem.

Addressing media at the annual convention of the TNA at the Vavuniya Town Hall, TNA parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran said he doesn't believe the PSC is the right mechanism to find solutions to Tamil people's issues.

He was responding to the recent request made by the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa asking the Tamil leaders of the opposition to come together with the government to find a national solution and achieve reconciliation. However, the parliamentarian did not rule out the possibility of future negotiations.

Sri Lankan President has said that he will accept any decision of the parliament on the ethnic issue and a solution should not be confined to discussions with one party.

However, the TNA parliamentarian did not rule out the possibility of future negotiations.

Sumanthiran also said the party opposes the island wide census conducted by the government to assess the human and property damages occurred during nearly three-decade long civil war conflict. However, he has not given any reason for his opposition to the census when questioned by the BBC correspondent.

He requested the government to allow the displaced to return to their original homes pointing out that some of their homes are in the high security zones still occupied by the military.

Leaders of the constituent parties of the TNA, Northern Province Chief Minister, Parliamentarians, Provincial Councilors of the Northern Province and local government representatives attended the convention.

However, Leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front V. Anandasangaree had not been invited for the convention, local radio Hiru FM reported.

Anandasangaree has expressed his dismay for omitting him in the convention saying that he was looking forward to participate at the convention and there is no democracy in the TNA.

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