Is Sri Lanka government's buying time game over?

(August 06, 2011 - w3lankaThe talks between Sri Lanka government and the major Tamil constituency Tamil National Alliance (TNA) appears in a impasse, political sources say.

The secretary of the government delegation MP Sajin Vaas Gunawardhana said that the TNA put forward several conditions to proceed with the dialogue.

The TNA had asked the government to clarify the the structure of governance for north and east regions, allocation of subjects and functions to the provincial councils and the issues relating to fiscal and financial devolution.

The TNA has reportedly given the government time to respond until August 10. A date has also not been fixed for the next round of talks.

Meanwhile, government, rejecting the ultimatum set by the TNA, said a solution for power devolution should be acceptable for all Sri Lankans and cannot make decisions on crucial issues hastily.

The Sinhala ruling regimes in Sri Lanka are repeating the same cliche at least for 50 years. Ten rounds of negotiations were held with the TNA. The simple question that can be raised about the negotiations is why to drag them unless it hits a breakthrough.

According to Sajin Vas Gunawardena, the secretary of the negotiation team of the government delegation,  the government has now decided to proceed with the appointment of a Parliamentary Select Committee.

Already the major opposition parties United National Party, TNA and the People's Liberation Front (JVP) have indicated that they would not be party to this Parliamentary Select Committee.

The government appears reached to a decisive juncture of its buying time game. TNA acted wisely ignoring the provocative statements of the government during talks such as 'TNA is not the sole representative of the Tamils', passed the ball to the government side and alluded blame of withdrawing from talks.

Here onward, the crucial factors are the next trump of Sri Lanka government's buying time game and the response of the Tamils, Tamil Nadu and government of India etc.

මේ ලිපියට ඔබ කැමති නම් වෙන අයත් එක්කත් බෙදා ගන්න

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