Facebook icon
Twitter icon
e-mail icon

TNA breaks boycott and meets Mahinda

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has come under fire for being the only major opposition party to attend a meeting convened by Sri Lankan prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, after all other major parties boycotted it.

After attending the wider meeting with Rajapaksa, TNA parliamentarians also had their own private meeting with the prime minister, with the current regime refusing to reconvene parliament amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Senior TNA leaders R Sampanthan, M A Sumanthiran and Mavai Senathirajah were all pictured at the meetings, which was boycotted by the UNP, SJB and JVP. In a statement released before the meeting, TNA leaders said they would attend “to clearly indicate that we are prepared to extend our co-operation” with the government.

The attendance of the TNA has come under criticism for breaking a boycott by the other major Sinhala parties. The UNP said before the meeting that “no meaningful dialogue can be held” and have accused Rajapaksa of “playing party politics” during this pandemic.

 

We need your support

Sri Lanka is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist. Tamil journalists are particularly at threat, with at least 41 media workers known to have been killed by the Sri Lankan state or its paramilitaries during and after the armed conflict.

Despite the risks, our team on the ground remain committed to providing detailed and accurate reporting of developments in the Tamil homeland, across the island and around the world, as well as providing expert analysis and insight from the Tamil point of view

We need your support in keeping our journalism going. Support our work today.