Sri Lankan main Tamil party to meet president

10:37, June 06, 2010      

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Sri Lanka's main Tamil minority political party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said on Saturday that they have received an invitation by President Mahinda Rajapaksa for direct talks.

"We have been invited to meet the president on Monday," Rajavayothi Sampanthan, the TNA leader told reporters.

The meeting will come ahead of Rajapaksa's visit to neighboring India.

The Indian government has been showing its willingness to see an early end to Sri Lanka's ethnic issue through suitable mechanism of power sharing.

Rajapaksa, however, has a difficult job in appeasing the Sinhala majority who are averse to any serious form of power sharing.

In May 2009, the government troops defeated the Tamil Tiger rebels who had been fighting for an independent Tamil homeland in the north and east, citing discrimination at the hands of the majority Sinhalese dominated governments.

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:黄蓓蓓)

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