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TNA-Govt meet for 10th time
By S. Selvakumar
The 10th round of talks between the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the government, aimed at finding a political solution to the ethnic problem, is scheduled to be held on August 4, Tamil political sources said.
Sources said that the talks, this time around, would be of significance following the sweeping victory achieved by the coalition of Tamil parties in the North and East in the local government polls held last week.
Talks first commenced on January 10 and so far nine rounds have been held and various points discussed. The last round of talks were held in the Parliament premises on July 6 and the government side requested for time to provide written replies to certain issues raised by the Tamil parties.
Tamil sources also said that the day-to-day issues faced by the Tamils of the North and East and the future of Tamil political prisoners would take centre stage at Thursday’s talks.
Sources also said during the entire nine round of talks held in the past a political solution to the ethnic problem was not discussed. However, this time around this issue was expected to figure.
TNA sources was of the opinion that in the wake of the resounding victory registered by the Tamil political parties in the North and East it was expected that at least a foundation would be laid for future talks aimed at the issue proper, the ethnic problem.