President, Ranil wooing TNA support

President Mahinda Rajapaksa and opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe have invited the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) for talks in a bid to obtain its support for the upcoming Presidential election.

TNA Parliamentary group leader Rasavarothayam Sampanthan said yesterday that his party had received an invitation to meet the President on a date convenient to it. He said he had already held talks with the President last Wednesday.

The TNA leader said Mr. Wickremesinghe had telephoned him on Friday and invited him for talks with the common opposition candidate General (retd.) Sarath Fonseka.

Mr. Sampanthan said that during Wednesday’s talks with the President he had brought up various issues, including the de-merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces, the virtual collapse of the All Party Representatives Committee (APRC) process, Jaffna’s High Security Zones and the resettlement of the displaced people.

He said TNA members would be meeting soon to take a decision with regard to the upcoming Presidential election. Meanwhile, TNA sources said that majority of the members were not in favour of fielding a separate Tamil candidate for the January 26th Presidential election. In a related development, Mr. Wickremesinghe is due to visit Jaffna.

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