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Sampanthan backs unity calls

By Arthur Wamanan
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said that unity among the Tamil political parties was important and the party was not averse to working with them.
TNA Parliamentary group leader R Sampanthan told The Nation that certain Tamil political party leaders had met with him on the possibilities of working together.
“We are prepared to work with all the Tamil political formations and personalities. We do think that our unity at this point of time, without compromising on basic principles, is very important,” he said.
Sampanthan said he was aware that a forum of Tamil parties was formed and had met on several occasions to address the needs of the Tamil people.
The Tamil Political Parties Forum (TPPF) was formed by several parties from the government and the opposition with the aim of voicing the grievances of the people who were affected due to the war. An invitation was extended for the TNA to be a part of the forum.
“The TNA has also been invited for these meetings. The TNA did not participate since I was not in the country at that time due to personal reasons. Some leaders of the forum have met me and we are looking forward to meet with them again and have the necessary discussions,” Sampanthan added.
Speaking further on finding a political solution to the country’s ethnic question, Sampantha said any solution should be within a united and undivided country.
“The unity and territorial integrity must be preserved. The identity of distinct people of Sri Lanka, the Sinhalese, Tamils and the Muslims, must be fostered and nurtured. People must have the right to determine their destiny in the territory in which they live, within the framework of a united, undivided country,” he said.
“If there is political will and commitment, the evolution of a political solution should not be difficult.”
(Interview - Page 9)