“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,” he told a press conference on Thursday.
“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,” Sumanthiran said.
“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,” he added.
His comments come following a TNA meeting with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modiin Delhi this week, who urged a political solution in Sri Lanka “that addresses the aspirations of the Tamil community for equality, dignity, justice and self respect within the framework of a united Sri Lanka”.