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India has asked Sri Lanka to devolve power to the Tamil minority in that country in a bid for reconciliation among various communities at the end of the decades-long civil war, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi.

In a letter written to Karunanidhi June 10 that was released to the media today, Manmohan Singh said: 'I have also urged upon Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa the need for reconciliation among communities in Sri Lanka and for practical arrangements, including devolution of powers, to enable all minorities in Sri Lanka, and particularly the Tamil minority, to lead lives of dignity.'

Replying to Karunanidhi's letter dated June 5, Manmohan Singh adds that the issue of internally displaced people in Sri Lanka was raised with Rajapaksa.

'He (Rajapaksa) has assured me that the 47,000 Tamils who are still in camps will be resettled by the end of this year.’

The Sri Lankan President came on a three-day visit to India on June 8.

'We announced a joint initiative to construct 50,000 houses for the internally displaced persons in the Northern and Eastern Provinces. The government of India is separately also working on projects and programmes for resettled families to be in a position to earn their own livelihood,' Manmohan Singh said. (IANS)

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  • Tuesday, 15 June 2010 02:07 AM

    Lets do this and give the minority a chance. And this will certainly avoid the future LTTE growth.

    Tuesday, 15 June 2010 02:30 AM

    ok ok. Will get some marks from TN. What a job.. is being a politician any difference to a clown in a circus?

    Tuesday, 15 June 2010 02:30 AM

    Nothing new, statement after statements, writing letters to one another. The ground reality is the same. Current Indian central govt has no interest in Tamils in SL or in Tamil Nadu!

    Tuesday, 15 June 2010 02:55 AM

    Dude are you crazy why dont you offer this in TN

    Tuesday, 15 June 2010 03:30 AM

    Though we call ourselves a sovereign state it appears that India is calling the shots. Wonder what has the JHU and other so called "patriot" guys has to say.

    Tuesday, 15 June 2010 03:37 AM

    WHICH POWER IS HE TALKING ABOUT ?

    Tuesday, 15 June 2010 03:42 AM

    1. South India should be renamed Tamil ealam with Madras as its capitol. Nalini who assassinated Rajiv Ghandhi should be made president immediately.
    2. Kashmir should be made autonomous and Pakistan should be invited to appoint anybody they want as its president.
    3. Arunachal pradesh should also be declared an autonomous region and Indians should be made to go to Chinese embassy to seek visas to enter Arunachal.
    4. The naxalites should be invited to nominate all regions of India they want to be autonomous and give their own region as a solution to their social problem.

    Tuesday, 15 June 2010 03:48 AM

    INDIA OR ANY OTHER COUNTRY SHOULD NOT DICTATE TERMS TO SRI LANKA IN ITS INTERNAL MATTERS. HAS SRI LANKA AT ANY TIME INTERFRED WITH INTERNAL MATTERS OF INDIA OR ANY OTHER STATE ? INDIA PLEASE RESPECT THIS COUNTRY'S SOVEREIGN STATUS.

    Tuesday, 15 June 2010 04:47 AM

    Before preaching BANA to neighbors why don't you first legitimise HINDI language in Tamil Nadu.

    Tuesday, 15 June 2010 04:51 AM

    Mind your own work......

    Tuesday, 15 June 2010 05:13 AM

    Mr. Singh, you have no right to ask about devolution of power, which is an absolute internal matter of Sri Lanka. Remember, SL is a unitary independent state.
    Why don't you look into your Internal State Governmental issues and mind your own business, Sir?
    Managing South Indian affairs is totally your ability and don't please them by prying into us which shows your inability of management.

    Monday, 14 June 2010 03:46 PM

    Political move to appease Tamil Nadu government and people.

    Monday, 14 June 2010 06:42 PM

    A federal system works, especially in countries that have diverse populations.

    Monday, 14 June 2010 06:53 PM

    Only God can now help the Tamils!

    Monday, 14 June 2010 08:18 PM

    What do you mean by "power devolution" in Sri Lanka?

    Monday, 14 June 2010 08:28 PM

    All depends on God!

    Monday, 14 June 2010 08:54 PM

    GET LOST INDIA & MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS!

    Monday, 14 June 2010 10:36 PM

    WHY NOT TALK OF EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL, INSTEAD OF CREATING A DIVIDE.

    Tuesday, 15 June 2010 12:08 AM

    Let India first devolve power to the Maoists, before giving us gratuitous advice.

    Tuesday, 15 June 2010 12:14 AM

    This is what the Federal Party wanted, many moons ago.

    Tuesday, 15 June 2010 12:30 AM

    So the Indian PM has said so to the TN Chief Minister - Karunanidhi will be happy. Sri Lanka will also be happy, because nothing, as such, was told to Sri Lanka. This is called diplomacy.


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