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Last updated: 16 September, 2011 - Published 17:30 GMT
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TNA talks with Government
MP Dr Rajeewa Wijesinghe
Both parties agreed to move forward - Dr Wijesinghe
Tamil National Alliance delegation headed by its leader R. Sampanthan met with a government delegation headed by Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva to discuss an acceptable constitutional arrangement for a political settlement.

Previously the talks had been called off after the TNA requested a written communiqué about the discussion.

"However, both parties have agreed to move forward in a fresh round of talks," said Parliamentarian Dr. Rajeewa Wijesinghe who took part in the talks representing the government.

The TNA had placed a set of proposals in March before the government delegation in regard to the structure of governance, the division of subjects and functions between the Centre and the devolved units, fiscal and financial powers.

Discussion to continue

Speaking to BBC Tamil Service, TNA parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran said “discussion with the government will continue on the basis of proposals put forward by TNA in March 2011, constitutional amendments proposed by Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge Government and All Party Roundtable Conference proposals".

"However we have to wait and see, ” added MP Premachandran.

Parliamentarian Dr Rajeewa Wijesinghe told BBC Sandeshaya that talks continued for more than two hours. “Both parties agreed not to divulge further details of matters discussed during talks” he said.

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