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NEW DELHI - Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday discussed with Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa India’s concerns on the plight of displaced Tamils and pressed for a political settlement of the decades-old ethnic issue in the island country.

The two leaders also discussed a host of bilateral and global issues, including an expansion of economic ties and increased cooperation in areas of development and counter-terrorism, said official sources.

Rajapaksa began his state visit to India with a ceremonial reception accorded to him at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the presidential palace.

External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna called on the visiting Sri Lankan leader and discussed issues relating to rehabilitation of nearly 300,000 war displaced Tamils and political resettlement plan for Tamil and Muslim minorities in the island country.

Rajapaksa arrived in India on a four-day visit Tuesday evening, his first trip to New Delhi since being re-elected Sri Lanka’s president in January this year.

Over a year after the Sri Lankan troops militarily crushed the insurgency led by Tamil Tigers, around 80,000 displaced Tamils continue to live in relief camps.

Although the Sri Lankan government had promised to resettle all 300,000 war displaced within six months of defeating the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the Sri Lankan government has now set August as the deadline for closure of relief camps housing the refugees. (IANS)

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  • Wednesday, 09 June 2010 07:43 AM

    Sri Lankan government is capable. Almost 95% settled. This is not a easy task. Mine clearing operations are still going on. What my argument is, Sri Lankan Tamils are living in better conditions than Tamils living in India. Indian Tamils are living in Streets, Shitting in Streets. No proper education. Vulnerable envoirnment for health. Cheated by politicians. Their out cry on fallen Sri Lankan issue, Mainly lacking of their own country.

    Wednesday, 09 June 2010 07:54 AM

    Well said dave.

    Wednesday, 09 June 2010 07:56 AM

    Dave, Did you visit any of the resettled place and see them before you speak to them? They can't speak. They can tell their relatives about their problems. you have to be reasonable.before you speak. Remember God is there and watching...........us

    Wednesday, 09 June 2010 08:04 AM

    Next time when you visit India (I think its Chennai your refering to) visit some decent places, not only the 'redlight' kind areas. 95% settled? Are u living in Srilanka mate?

    Wednesday, 09 June 2010 08:12 AM

    Sri Lankan government indeed will need more time to clear the mines, bones and skulls before letting anybody in. So much has been given by the Indian government both money and materials to rehabilitate the people but not much has reached the needy.

    Wednesday, 09 June 2010 08:15 AM

    We have to manage it our selves with outside aid and not by interfearence

    Wednesday, 09 June 2010 08:27 AM

    This is wrong interpretation. Why compare Srilankan Tamils with Indian Tamils? You have to compare the life had before war and now. This is their country! They are not foreigners. Tamils in the rest of the world are supporting their cause. The issues are lack freedom to determine their issues. If they have the rights they will be better.

    Wednesday, 09 June 2010 08:52 AM

    Can you go and live with that 5% for one month?

    Wednesday, 09 June 2010 08:59 AM

    Govt definitely needs to get their priorities right. Tamils are still living in camps, and their houses, schools, grounds are taken over by the armed forces as HSZ and absolutely no effort is yet made for reconciliation or winning the hearts and minds of the Tamils people.Most of the armed forces can't even communicate in Tamil in the north. Govt needs to show more urgency and sincerity in getting their life back together and talk long term political solution to put this to an end once and for all.

    Wednesday, 09 June 2010 09:55 AM

    well said, Hussien Barrack.

    Wednesday, 09 June 2010 07:13 AM

    SUBHA ANAGATHAYAK


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