A Tamil political party has sought a restructured All Parties Conference (APC) to discuss power sharing as well as a new Constitution for Sri Lanka to resolve the ethnic conflict.
The Akhila Ilankai Tamil United Front (AITULF) says the APC convened by the government was widely seen as a mere "act of posturing" by Colombo.
The AITUF said it would be unrealistic to expect the participation of the Tamil National Alliance, which supports the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), in APC meetings.
"The restructured APC should be entrusted with the responsibility of overseeing the drafting of a new constitution for Sri Lanka in addition to monitoring the progress made in the talks between the government and LTTE.
"The draft constitution produced through the efforts of the political parties could be placed before the LTTE through the international community, and LTTE's response sought within a limited time frame.
"Thereafter, the Sri Lankan government could act on the advice of the international community in giving legal status to the draft constitution, with or without the amendments, if any, proposed by the LTTE," said a statement by party general secretary K Vigneswaran.