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The Government last week said there were no possibilities of a merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces under a new Constitution.

Cabinet Minister of National Co-existence, Dialogue and Official Languages, Mano Ganesan speaking to the Nation said that the stance within the Steering Committee was not in favour of merging of the North and the East.

According to Ganesan, the Steering Committee which is responsible for drafting a New Constitution has received responses from many sections including the Mahanayakes.  Ganesan also highlighted that a merger as envisioned in the 1987 Indo-Lanka peace accord or in proposed constitutional amendments that have followed since required that a referendum be held in the Eastern Province, yet such had never been done.

However, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) had called for a solution for the ethnic issue based on a merged North and East.