President to meet
Rajapaksa has invited all Tamil political parties
for a parley to find a lasting solution to the
ethnic issue plaguing the country.
Top government sources said that all Tamil political
parties including the TNA have been asked in writing
to agree on a convenient date for such a meeting and
the government is waiting a response from them.
They said the parley with the Tamil parties is very
likely to take place once the President completes
his scheduled state visits to Nepal and Libya early
The President in his invitation is said to have
stressed on the need to find a solution emanating
from the grass root level rather than one promoted
by the Tamil elite based in Colombo.
The President had also stressed on the need for such
a solution to the UN Under Secretary General for
Humanitarian Affairs, Sir John Holmes during his
recent discussions. President had pointed out the
greater need to provide security to affected Tamil
people to carry on with their vocations before all
Even some of the IDPs who are now fleeing LTTE held
areas are said to be arriving with large sums of
cash. Therefore, the President had stressed on the
need to provide them safe avenues to productively
invest those savings.