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TNA still hangs on to LTTE ideology: Douglas
By Arthur Wamanan
Talks with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) alone would not solve the ethnic question, Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) Leader and Traditional Industries & Small Enterprise Development Minister, Douglas Devananda said.
Speaking to The Nation Devenanda said the TNA was unable to come to a common understanding with regard to a solution to the ethnic question.
“The parties that went to New Delhi recently could not come to a common agreement,” he said.
However, TNA MP, Suresh Premachandran refuted such claims and added that the TNA was clear in what the Tamils wanted. He said that there was a difficulty in coming to an agreement with those who are not within the TNA. “There are certain Tamil parties out of the TNA that tow an extreme line. Things could be easy if they could change their stance,” he said.

Devananda however stated that the TNA was not sincere to solve the problems. “They (TNA) are still following the ideologies of the LTTE. The LTTE never wanted to solve problems. There is no point talking to the TNA alone to solve the problem,” Devananda said.
He also said that the talks between the government and the TNA would not bring a solution that is accepted by the people in the south. “What we need is a solution that is acceptable by all the people.”
Talks between the government and the TNA came to a halt after its meeting on August 4 when the latter requested a response to its proposals on a solution to the ethnic question.
The TNA said that talks could continue once the government responds to its recommendations.
Devananda said that the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) would serve as a perfect platform for all political parties to express their views and thereby come to a solution acceptable to all.