Calling upon the Sri Lankan government to “meaningfully define and state” its stand on devolution to the Northern Province, and citing the lack of progress in its talks with the government, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has announced a suspension of talks with the government on arriving at a political solution to the Tamil question.
The announcement came at the end of the 10th round of talks with the government here on Thursday.
“TNA placed before the government delegation discussion papers setting out proposals in regard to the structure of governance, the division of subjects and functions between the Centre and the devolved units, fiscal and financial powers and other matters relevant to the achievement of an acceptable and durable political solution. The TNA invited the government's response to these proposals and despite the government's commitment to so respond, no response has been forthcoming for several months,” TNA leader M.A. Sumathiran said in a release.
“Consequently, no meaningful or purposeful discussion could be had on the discussion papers tendered by the TNA. This, we regret to state, was clearly demonstrative of the lack of a genuine commitment on the part of the government to the evolution of an acceptable political solution. While attempting to show the world that the government was engaged in a political process as an integral part of reconciliation, what the government was really engaged in was no more than a mere facade. It is in these circumstances that the TNA questioned the continuance of such a deceitful process,” he said.
See more : The Hindu 05 Aug 2011