|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
“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 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
“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
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