The TNA is the second Tamil party to reject the president’s invitation to become partners of the government in order to resolve the issues of their community.
Ruling out a joining with the UNP in the government, its MP M.A. Sumanthiran said a solution is first needed, after which only supporting the government could be considered.
In a May Day speech, president Ranil Wickremesinghe extended the invitation, but the TNPF rejected the offer on the same day.
Its leader Gajendra Kumar Ponnambalam said there was no solution to the Tamil issue within a unitary Sri Lanka.
Sumanthiran noted the failed talks the president initiated with the TNA after giving an assurance to resolve the issue before February 04, this year and the inconclusive ending of a multi-party conference on January 26, 2023.
He dismissed Wickremesinghe’s claim that granting a solution has become difficult due to the distance being kept by Tamil parties.
Tamil MPs are ready to support if he takes steps towards a resolution, Sumanthiran added.
TNPF rejects President’s offer for talks within unitary Sri Lanka