Sampanthan and MR powwow

The leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R Sampanthan met President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning at the President’s invitation.Minister for External Affairs, Prof G.L Peiris and the Secretary to the President Mr Lalith Weeratunga were also present. Sampanthan reiterated the TNA’s commitment to the evolution of an acceptable, workable and durable political solution within the framework of a united undivided country. At the meeting the President expressed his desire to solve all outstanding issues relating to the National question, the TNA said in a short statement. Amongst other matters discussed were issues pertaining to land, the need for people to resettle on all land earlier occupied by them, the need to minimize the military presence and confine the armed forces to the barracks, release of political prisoners and the conduct of a free and fair polls for the Northern Provincial Council. (Colombo Gazette) read more