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We stand by our earlier stance, we won’t retract: TNA tells President

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A TNA delegation led by leader R. Sampanthan who met with President Sirisena on an invitation extended by him, categorically told the President that the decisions taken by the TNA cannot be reversed and that the TNA will stand by its said decisions."

In a release issued after the meeting which took place at the Presidential Secretariat, the TNA said:

“A delegation of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) comprising of Mr. R. Sampanthan Leader of the TNA, Mr. Selvam Adaikkalanathan MP, Mr. D. Siddaarthan MP, Mr. M.A.Sumanthiran MP, on the invitation of His Excellency the President Mr. Maithiripala Sirisena met with him at the Presidential Secretariat on Wednesday 7th. The said meeting lasted one and half hours.

The situation currently prevailing in the country was discussed at length. His Excellency the President explained to the TNA delegation the circumstances under which certain decisions were made. The TNA delegation explained to the President the reasons for the decisions that have been made by the TNA and its members of Parliament, which decisions had been made public and are well known to the country and the world.

The TNA delegation also explained to His Excellency the President that the decisions taken by the TNA cannot be reversed and that the TNA will stand by the said decisions.

The TNA delegation also specifically told HE the President that in consultation with the President it would extend to the President its fullest support with regard to any future steps taken by him to stabilize the political situation in the country with the cooperation of all political parties. To enable this to be achieved at the earliest, the TNA also urged HE the President to convene Parliament for a date earlier than now contemplated.

HE the President stated that he would give his earnest consideration to this request.”



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