TNA says no agreement on talks

The Tamil National Alliance says an agreement has not been reached to resume political talks with the government.

Earlier there were reports that the TNA had agreed to resume talks with the government following the visit to India by a TNA delegation last week.

TNA MP Suresh Premachandran however told the Colombo Gazette that those reports were false and that the party has yet to agree on resuming political talks with the government or participate in the Parliament Select Committee.

He also said that during the visit to India the TNA had raised several key issues including the military occupation of civilian land in the north.

In a statement following the India visit the TNA had said that it intimated its grave concerns to India over the lack of progress by the Sri Lankan Government in the effective implementation of the constructive recommendations of the LLRC and the lack of a genuine commitment on the part of the Government of Sri Lanka to the evolution of an acceptable political solution.

The TNA also observed that without meaningful action with regard to the above issues, the Tamil People in Sri Lanka cannot secure a future marked by equality, dignity, justice and self-respect.

The TNA urged the need for urgent action to redress this situation.