TNA not sole Tamil representative in Lanka: Govt

The government and TNA have held seven rounds of talks to discuss a possible political solution.

Colombo: Amid efforts to hammer out a
solution to the political grievances of the Tamils in Sri
Lanka, the government plans to consult other members of the
minority ethnic group as it does not treat Tamil National
Alliance (TNA) as the sole representative of the community.

Susil Premajayantha, the Minister of Petroleum,
Industries and the ruling UPFA coalition`s general secretary,
said President Mahinda Rajapaksa`s decision to convene a
parliamentary select committee was based on the decision that
there are many Tamil groups who need to be consulted not just
TNA to resolve the ethnic question.

"TNA is not the sole representative. There are many
other Tamil political parties and groups elected from the
north and east provinces," Premajayantha said.

The government and the TNA have held seven rounds of
talks to discuss a possible political solution.

Rajapaksa said this week that parliamentary select
committee would be his preferred tool to formulate a solution.

"There are many other political parties and groups who
have been elected by the Tamils," Premajayantha stressed.

Rajapaksa`s government has been coy to deal with the
TNA, the proxies of the defeated LTTE for the fear of losing
its support among the Sinhala majority.

The LTTE waged a bloody three-decade civil war for a
separate state for the Tamils of Sri Lanka, alleging
discrimination against the minority community at the hands of
the majority Sinhalas.

The Lankan military crushed the rebels in May 2009 and
ended the ethnic conflict that killed between 80,000 and
100,000 people.