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
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.