Progress at talks with TNA

By Chris Kamalendran

A government delegation which resumed talks with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has agreed that decisions reached during discussions will be placed before the proposed Parliamentary Select Committee, a senior minister said yesterday.

Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva who took part in the talks said the TNA had requested that decisions taken at the talks should be placed before the PSC and the government delegation agreed.

However, a second demand by the TNA to conclude the talks within the next three months had not been agreed upon. “We did not agree with the demand that the talks should be concluded within three months. But the government also wants to come to an agreement as soon as possible,” the minister said. TNA delegation member Suresh Premachandran said they had demanded that the talks should concluded in three months, as they believed that prolonged talks would lead to nowhere.

Mr. Premachandran said the TNA delegation had requested the government to go beyond the 13th Amendment in devolving power.

A joint statement issued on Friday night said the two sides had agreed that talks could continue on the basis of the discussion paper submitted by the TNA on March 18 along with earlier proposals on constitutional reforms.

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