TNA Dissatisfied with Govt Over Lack of Progress in Release of Political Prisoners and Return of Private Lands Seized for High Security Zones; will reconsider participation in talks if there is no progress by Jan 10


Mirudhula Thambiah

At a meeting held yesterday (5) at the Presidential Secretariat between the TamilNational Alliance (TNA) and Government representatives, including President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, the TNA expressed dissatisfaction regarding the lack of progress pertaining to the release
of Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act (PTA) prisoners and the lands originally owned by Tamils that are occupied by security forces.

Speaking to The Morning, TNA Spokesman and MP President’s Counsel (PC) M.A.Sumanthiran said yesterday that there has been no progress in addressing therelease of PTA prisoners and lands owned by Tamils.

“They are telling us the verysame thing that they told us on 21December 2022. That was discouraging.”

However, Sumanthiran said that he would submit documents on what needs to bedone to implement the current Constitutional provisions with regard to powerdevolution as well as on what needs to be achieved for a permanent politicalsolution.

“They will discuss the issues on 10 January, during which they said they will cometo an agreement. If there is no agreement by 10 January and if there is no progress on the immediate issues, then we will have to reconsider our continuous participation in this process. Nevertheless, since we are discussing Constitutional
issues, I will provide a note that doesn’t require any Constitutional amendment regarding the implementation of the current Constitutional provisions. Also, another note will be provided with regard to what had been agreed uponpreviously. When we meet on 10 January, there must be an agreement on that. If that does not happen and if there is no progress on the other matters also, then
we will have to reconsider our continued participation.”

TNA Leader and MP Attorney R. Sampanthan, Sumanthiran, MPs DharmalingamSiddarthan and Selvam Adaikkalanathan participated in this discussion, withPresident Wickremesinghe, Premier Gunawardena, Minister of Justice, PrisonsAffairs, and Constitutional Reforms Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe PC and Minister ofFisheries Douglas Devananda representing the Government,.

Courtesy:The Morning