TNA expects Prez to solve Tamil detainee issue by tomorrow

By Dinasena Rathugamage

TNA and Opposition leader R Sampanthan has requested the Tamil prisoners detained under the provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act to abandon their hunger strike, demanding their release, as President Maithripala Sirisena had agreed to give them a solution.

Sampanthan told The Island that President Sirisena had spoken to him and promised that he would give a solution to the problem of Tamil prisoners on Oct. 17.

Sampanthan said that he had discussed the problem with the President when he met the latter in Parliament last Friday. The President had promised to take up the issue with Justice and Prisons Reforms Minister Thalatha Atukorale and to provide a solution on Wednesday.

He said that the President had an agreement with the TNA to release Tamil prisoners and the government had stated its policy towards the Tamil prisoners in its proposals at the Geneva Human Rights Committee. “In addition to those commitments, the President has given afresh undertaking with a specific date. So we can expect positive results.”

Having considered the latest developments, the TNA leader, through his MPs, has requested the prisoners on hunger strike to suspend their agitation.

However, the prisoners have responded that they will not give up their action till they are given an acceptable solution.

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