India wants Sri Lanka to empower the minority Tamil speaking people through a political process and open a new chapter in the island nation's history, Indian External Affairs Minister, SM Krishna said.
"We also want the Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa to create a situation where the minority Tamil speaking people are empowered through political process and open a new chapter in Sri Lankan history", the Union Minister told reporters on the sidelines of a function in India.
India was for the implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Lankan Constitution conferring equal rights to people, he said after delivering Rajaji memorial lecture.
The 13th amendment gave effect to the devolution provisions of the Indo-Lanka Accord, signed in July 1987.
Asked if India sought to play a key role in Lankan affairs, he said New Delhi would "assist the friendly power in whatever manner possible." (PTI)