The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said today it was ready to resume talks with the Government in search of 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 that it did not have a hidden agenda and said it was strongly committed to finding a solution to the political question.
“The Government is now saying it cannot hold talks with the TNA because we are representatives of the LTTE.
The Government is trying to evade resolving the Tamil issue citing these false claims. We do not have any hidden agenda. We strongly believe a solution to the issue in a united country and we do not want a separate state,” he said.
Mr. Sumanthiran said it was the Government that backed away from the discussions and said it was surprising to hear that government was expecting the TNA call for a resumption of talks.
“Minister Susil Premajayantha had said recently the government is ready to resume talks if TNA makes a request. Why should we make a request? It was the government that backed away from talks,” Mr. Sumanthiran said