President Maithripala Sirisena last week reiterated that the Government would address three key demands placed by the Tamil National

Alliance (TNA) pertaining to a political solution, Tamil prisoners, and the issue of land grab in the North early.

The TNA had demanded that the current government addresses the issue of working on a durable political solution while also looking at issues such as the release of Tamil prisoners detained without charge sheets, and return the lands taken over by the previous regime back to its rightful owners.

These were some of the key conditions which the TNA put forward to  Sirisena at the Presidential polls in January last year.
Sirisena stated that the Government was focusing on the process of reconciliation between the North and the South, which would help build better understanding between all communities concerned.

On the issue of Tamil prisoners detained without charge sheets, the President stated that the government had sought the advice of the Attorney General’s department and added that the prisoners would be released gradually.

He further said that the Government would return the privately-owned lands that were taken over back to their rightful owners.

However, the President did not indicate a time frame during which this process would be complete.

The President’s assurance comes in the wake of reports of rifts between the TNA and the Northern Province Chief Minister, C.V. Wigneswaran where the latter had set up the Tamil People’s Council (TPC).

The TPC, even though not a political party, is in the process of drafting a set of proposals to reach a durable solution for the national issue.