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LTTE will not go for talks with government : TNA MP

Jaffna special corr.

The LTTE will not go for talks with the Government as its destiny could be determined by a third party, said Jaffna District Parliamentarian Appathurai Vinayagamoorthy representing the Tamil National Alliance which supports the incumbent United National Front (UNF) Government in Parliament. He said the Sinhala leadership that gets a mandate to form a stable government will be a position to negotiate with the LTTE for talks.

Vinayagamoorthy, President, All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC) addressing party annual conventions in Jaffna appealed to the President and the Prime Minister to work in the nation's interest. The ACTC leader cautioned that the TNA should stand united and leave no room for disintegration until it met the aspirations of the Tamil people. "The constituent parties of the TNA should work united towards this goal", he added.

Vinayagamoorthy lamented that there were bickering within the parties that constituted the TNA but emphasised that such differences would not affect the TNA's unity and solidarity. He said it was their late leader Kumar Ponnambalam who publicly declared long before the General Election that the LTTE was the Tamil's sole representative.

"We haven't deviated a woe bit from his declaration", Vinayagamoorthy said. "If your representation in Parliament would at any time cause hindrance to the LTTE, we are prepared to give way", he claimed.

The following were elected new office bearers: President - Appathurai Vinayagamoorthy, Senior Deputy President - N. Kumaraguruparan, Vice Presidents - C.V.K. Sivagnanam, T. Mahendrarajah, T.K. Senthilnathan, Satha Shanmuganathan, P. Mathuranayagam and V. Ratnarajah, General Secretary - Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, Administrative Secretary - K. Thangarajasingham, Secretary (Propaganda) - S. Elango, Treasurer - K.M. Dharmarajah and Assistant Treasurer - C. Krishnakumar.

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