TNA says will agree for conditional talks

922976_371507369624796_475705882_nThe Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says it is ready for conditional talks with President Mahinda Rajapksa to reach a political solution to the Tamil issue.

TNA leader R. Sampanthan told Parliament today that his party is ready to negotiate with the President based on three statements the President had made following the end of the war.

The three statements include one made following a meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon when the latter had visited Sri Lanka.

In the joint statement President Rajapaksa had expressed his firm resolve to proceed with the implementation of the 13th Amendment, as well as to begin a broader dialogue with all parties, including the Tamil parties in the new circumstances, to further enhance this process and to bring about lasting peace and development in Sri Lanka.

Sampanthan insisted that the Tamils are not pushing for a separate State but want a meaningful political solution within a united and undivided Sri Lanka.

“Tamils want to be equal Sri Lankans. We are committed to finding a solution through negotiations but it must be an honorable solution and durable solution,” he said.

Sampanthan also tabled in Parliament a position paper of the TNA which was earlier tabled in 2011 which defines the position of the TNA following bilateral talks between the TNA and the President in 2010/2011.

On the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) appointed by the Government to address the National issue, Sampanthan reiterated that the TNA will join the PSC only once an agreement is reached through bilateral talks. (Colombo Gazette)