Speaking on the Tamil National Alliance’s (TNA) stance on President Maithripala Sirisena’s 100-day programme, TNA Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran said yesterday “the TNA will support the government and also extend its maximum cooperation to the government in finding a solution to the national problem.” He said; “We are pleased that Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera has outlined a series of steps that the President Maithripala Sirisena-led government will take to achieve national reconciliation, during his recent tour of India.”
Samaraweera said there are lots of proposals to achieve national reconciliation, including the Thimpu proposals, the Mangala Moonesinghe proposals and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga’s (CBK) proposals among others. There is no need to reinvent the wheel via a proposed Parliamentary Select Committee process initiated by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, he stated. “The TNA is in full agreement with Samaraweera in that there is no need to reinvent the wheel of the Select Committee process since these proposals have been there all throughout by the successive governments of Sri Lanka. “It has always been the stance of our party (TNA) that a solution can be reached through these proposals. I must add that the inaugural speech of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa can also be taken as a basis,” he explained. “We will bolster any effort by the government to achieve national reconciliation. There is no need indeed to reinvent the wheel to find solutions,” he said.
Sumanthiran stressed: it is not the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) that matters when it comes to making clear its position with regard to supporting the policies of Maithripla Sirisena-led coalition government, but, the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA).
“It was the UPFA that contested the 2010 Parliamentary Election and not the SLFP,” he pointed out. Sumanthiran was reacting to a question from the Daily News whether he supports the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna’s (JVP’s) stance that the SLFP declare its position on supporting President Maithripala Sirisena’s 100-day programme.
JVP Leader Anura Dissanayaka said in Parliament, “one half of the SLFP is in the government, while the other half is in the opposition” and pointed out that it was designed to secure the Opposition Leader’s position and demanded that the SLFP makes its position clear to the House on where it stands today. As pointed out by Sumanthiran, the SLFP’s position does not matter in this regard,as it did not contest the 2010 Parliamentary Election. Hence, it is the UPFA’s decision that is important, and not the SLFP, he added.
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