The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will kick start its political process for the year with a tour to South Africa, to share the country’s experience in handling the ethnic issue. TNA Jaffna District Parliamentarian, Mavai Senadhiraja, said the delegation led by Party Leader and the Trincomalee District Parliamentarian, R. Sampanthan, will travel to South Africa on 25 January and will meet the political dignitaries there, who had contributed towards handling the ethnic and the apartheid issues. “The TNA visited South Africa last year to take part in the centenary celebrations of the African National Congress. When a delegation from South Africa visited here last year it had talks with the TNA on the Lankan ethnic issues. Therefore, on the invitation of the South African political circles, the TNA delegation is travelling to South Africa and the tour is expected to last for three days till 28 January,” Senadhiraja said. He also said the TNA can learn a lot from South Africa’s experiences to expedite the peace process. Earlier, the TNA Leader announced the Alliance’s visit to South Africa at the birth centenary celebrations of veteran Tamil politician from the East, late Rasa Manikkam, on Friday.     Sampanthan who was in India for an eye-treatment returned to the island last week.     The TNA delegation to South Africa will also include Parliamentarians Senadhiraja, M.A. Sumanthiran and Suresh Premachandran.]]>


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