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TNA-UNP deal must be made public - PHU leader

Udaya Gammanpila, the pro-Rajapaksa MP and leader of the Sinhala nationalist Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU), has demanded that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and United National Party (UNP) make public any agreements reached between the parties, lest they have 'disastrous' consequences for Sri Lankans.

Questioning the TNA's backtracking on the issue of who to support in Sri Lanka's political crisis, Gammanpila said “all of sudden, the TNA changed its stand and decided to support Ranil Wickremesinghe to be the Prime Minister.”

“What are the promises given by the UNP to the TNA for the TNA to suddenly change its stand? People of this country have a right to know the agreement since the people may have to face its disastrous consequences.”

While the TNA is now seen as a major stakeholder in negotiations to ending the political crisis, the alliance's constituent parties and Tamil groups have criticised TNA leaders for failing to yet obtain a written agreement addressing Tamil concerns.