Sept 22, Colombo: After emerging victorious in a landslide at the polls for the Northern Province yesterday, Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said it is ready to work with the government to solve the ethnic problem.
Addressing a media briefing in Jaffna following the party's landslide victory, the TNA leader R. Sampanthan said his party is ready to participate in the Parliament Select Committee appointed to resolve the national issue if the government agrees to a meaningful measure to devolve power.
He said the party is ready to assist the government to fully implement the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.
Sampanthan said that the new council will move forward step by step.
The newly elected Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council C.V. Vigneswaran said the Council needs to work with the government in some areas and once the Council is in operation they will discuss the pressing issues that need to be addressed such as the land and police powers.
Meanwhile addressing a media briefing in Colombo Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, who was in charge of the development in the war-torn North, said the government is willing to work together with the TNA within the framework of the Constitution.
Minister Rajapaksa stressed that now the TNA has received the power they have responsibility to fulfill the needs of the Tamil people. He expressed hope that the Tamil party would not lead the northern people to another separatist struggle.