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* 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.

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