A second round of talks between president Ranil Wickremesinghe and Tamil MPs ended without progress on solutions to the issues of the Tamil community.

The matters of land, Tamil prisoners, truth and reconciliation, PTA and several others were discussed without any result, TNA’s Dharmalingam Siddarthan told the media after the discussion on May 11.

He said they were dissatisfied with the outcome.

The president told them to resolve the issue of religious sites of the Tamils in consultation with the Archaeology Department.

Justice minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, who also attended the meeting, said there were only 20 political prisoners, and that consideration would be given for those who could be freed, according to him.

The MP also said they did not receive a clear answer to the question of justice for victims of enforced disappearances.

Officials of the Office for Missing Persons elaborated only on what they have done so far, said Siddharthan.


TPNA leader C.V. Vigneswaran said the president wanted the matter of acquisition of land in the northern and eastern provinces to be dealt with as per the map available with the Wildlife Conservation Department in 1985.


A second round of talks between the two sides on May 12 was to focus on the devolution of powers.

The TNPF led by Gajendra Kumar Ponnambalam is boycotting the meetings.

A similar meeting early this year too, ended without agreement.


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