Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 14 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lanka Tamil party ready to talk with the government
Fri, Aug 29, 2014, 11:45 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said that the party was ready to resume discussions with the government to reach a lasting solution to the ethnic crisis based on power devolution within a united Sri Lanka.

TNA parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran told a news conference in Colombo Thursday that the party does not have a hidden agenda and the party is strongly committed to finding a solution to the political question.

"We have no intention of dividing Sri Lanka. We strongly believe a solution to the issue in a united country and we do not want a separate state," Sumanthiran said.

He said that the allegation leveled by the government against them that they were cronies of the Tamil rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam was incorrect.

"The Government is trying to evade resolving the Tamil issue citing these false claims," he charged.

TNA recently visited India and held talks with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

During the meeting the Prime Minister stressed the need for a political solution that addresses the aspirations of the Tamil community for equality, dignity, justice and self-respect within the framework of a united Sri Lanka.

The Prime Minister urged all stakeholders in Sri Lanka to engage constructively towards finding a political solution that builds upon the 13th Amendment of the Sri Lankan Constitution.

The talks between the government and the TNA stalled in January 2012 when the government approved a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to find a lasting solution to the national issue.

However, the TNA boycotted the PSC saying that it is not the suitable mechanism to reach a political solution to the ethnic problem.

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Former Honorary Consul in Hawaii Kusuma Cooray honored for work in U.S.-Sri Lanka relations
-- [1 hour and 21 minutes ago]
Sri Lankan Human Rights Activist Sandya Eknelygoda recipient of 2017 International Women of Courage award
-- [2 hours ago]
Yves Saint Laurent Beauté launched in Sri Lanka
President tells Chief Ministers to prepare for Provincial Council elections
India announces IIT Entrance Test in Colombo
Resettlement Ministry constructs over 11,000 houses in war affected areas
Court of Appeal orders CID to find three naval officers acquitted of TNA MP Raviraj murder
Sri Lanka energy regulator plans to launch guidelines on power outages
Sri Lanka's state owned retail network chain Sathosa will not be privatized, Minister vows
Sri Lanka Finance Minister promises to reduce current taxes and pass benefits to people

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.