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No federalism, home-grown solution after re-election – President- The Island

[MISC, Tuesday, 7 July 2009 06:54 No Comment]

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has told The Hindu newspaper that he would go for a political solution only after obtaining a popular mandate at the next presidential election.

In an interview with The Hindu Editor N. Ram, President Rajapaksa said there would be no federalism in Sri Lanka. He stressed the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) representatives must take part in discussions on a political solution.

"There is no way for federalism in this country. I am willing for a political solution and the TNA must agree to this. They also must know that they can’t get what they want," the President said.

The President said that he had warned his party members against saying anything that would create disturbances among communities.

President Rajapaksa’s interview with The Hindu took place on June 30. However, on July 2, twenty two political parties, including the TNA participated in the inaugural meeting of the newly constituted All Party Committee on Development and Reconciliation, giving priority to speedy resettlement and rehabilitation of the war displaced.

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