India invites TNA for talks


The Indian government has invited the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to New Delhi to explore the possibilities of taking new initiatives to resume talks between the  Sri Lankan government and the TNA.

According to sources, the Indian move to invite the TNA to New Delhi on 10 October was made  following  high level discussions between Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Indian Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh in New Delhi last Thursday when Rajapaksa was on his way to the State of Madhya Pradesh to lay the foundation stone for a Buddhist Educational center at Sanchi university .

The discussion between Singh and Rajapaksa in the presence of the External Affairs Ministers of both countries, Prof.G.L.Peiris and S.M.Krishna, was over dinner at the Indian Premiers official residence where key political issues in the island and the bilateral issues of both countries were taken up for discussion, sources said.

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) spokesman and the Jaffna district Parliamentarian Suresh K.Premachandran told to the Colombo media that TNA leader R.Sampanthan has received a letter from New Delhi inviting the TNA to be present there on 10 October.

“The agenda of the October meeting in New Delhi has not been revealed yet. But definitely the talks are expected to be centered around the stalled peace talks and on future moves with regard to the revamping of the peace talks between the government and the TNA”, Premachandran said.

Describing on the past talks between the UPFA government and the TNA Premachandran  said  the talks between the two sides started in January 2011. “Eighteen rounds of talks have taken place until January this year without reaching anything constructive,”Premachandran said.

He also added the TNA did not want to think of the Parliamentary Select Committee suggested by the government without reaching an understanding on  the issues to be finalized to be taken up at the proposed Parliamentary Select Committee.

Meanwhile even in Madhya Pradesh Rajapaksa was urged by the Chief Minister of the State Shivraj Singh Chauhan to expedite the process of finding an early solution to the Tamil question so Tamils could also enjoy equal rights on par with the majority in the country.


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