Addressing a press conference in Jaffna on Sunday, TNA leader R. Sampanthan said the Alliance was committed to the full implementation of the 13th Amendment of the Constitution — the Amendment was a consequence of the Indo-Lanka Accord of 1987 — and building upon it to bring about meaningful devolution which must result in a “political solution that is reasonable, workable and durable”.

The government’s attempts to change the demographic composition of the northern and eastern provinces, land, militarisation and financial autonomy, he said, were among the main issues that the provincial council would have to necessarily address.

Retired Supreme Court Judge C.V. Wigneswaran, (in picture)TNA’s candidate who will soon assume charge as the first chief minister of the Northern Provincial Council, said it was important for the provincial council to constantly engage in a dialogue and work with the Sri Lankan government. International intervention, he said, would be sought only when talks with the government fail repeatedly.