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India yesterday expressed its displeasure over the failure on the part of the government of Sri Lanka to break the deadlock in the process of evolving a political solution to the national question, to address land issues in the north and to scale down the presence of military, informed sources said yesterday.

India’s National Security Advisor Shiv Sankar Menon, during his one day visit to Sri Lanka held talks with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris and Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa over various issues.

Particular emphasis was laid on the political solution. Mr. Menon said that his government had increasingly come under domestic compulsions over the impasse in working out a political solution to Tamil speaking people here. During the visit of the Indian parliamentary delegation to Sri Lanka in April, Lok Sabha opposition leader Sushma Swaraj stressed that the stalemate in talks between the TNA and the government should be broken anyhow, and the two sides should resume political talks. Also, she said that the TNA should be persuaded to join the proposed parliamentary select committee if the government considers it as the only viable forum to resolve the problem.

However, Mr. Menon reportedly raised India’s concerns yesterday over the failure on the part of the government and the TNA to find a way forward.

After the meeting, he briefed Indian journalists based in Colombo and said, “I discussed recent developments, bilateral relations and areas of common concern.  I was also briefed about steps being taken by the Government of Sri Lanka on political reconciliation and settlement. While this is a Sri Lankan issue and something that Sri Lanka has to do, we will continue to remain engaged with all concerned and offer any support required in this regard.

“India has always stood for a united Sri Lanka within which all citizens can live in equality, justice, dignity and self-respect.  We have worked closely with the Government of Sri Lanka on relief, rehabilitation and resettlement of IDPs.  India’s assistance was appreciated by the Sri Lankan leadership in all my meetings.  We remain committed to continue our cooperation.”

TNA leader R. Sampanthan told the Daily Mirror that he saw this visit as a further step in India’s involvement in getting a political solution to the ‘Tamil speaking people’.  He said he discussed with Mr. Menon the reasons for the collapse of bipartisan political talks, and the issue over the participation in the select committee.

“We do not want to sound rigid in this case. We want the select committee to function purposefully and meaningfully. Yet, there are matters concerning us. They cannot be disposed of in a flippant way,” he said. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • CHANDRAPALA Saturday, 30 June 2012 07:50 AM

    Government can fool some people in our country all the time but it cant fool international community in the same way.

    bandara Sunday, 01 July 2012 05:03 AM

    that is why India is also partially responsible for the end of the war

    Kiris Baba Amaray Saturday, 30 June 2012 05:59 PM

    India has its own internal problems. Mr. Meanon, please try to sought out your countries problems and later you could come and interfere in our matter. For now Tatta... Bye... Bye...

    raj Saturday, 30 June 2012 04:00 PM

    Yes, he is right. If we continue like this we will be the next Tibet to China

    pee da mossa Saturday, 30 June 2012 03:55 PM

    The more you twist our arms, the more we drift towards China.Can't you see the simple logic, Menon ?

    Barath Saturday, 30 June 2012 03:55 PM

    If they cannot remain in power alternative Govt. will be more severe on the matter.

    raj Saturday, 30 June 2012 03:57 PM

    After giving best Guard of Honour to Rajiv Gandhi. Then who hit him with a rifle butt?

    Kalu Sudda Saturday, 30 June 2012 10:21 AM

    Great now he can go back to elam.oops tamil nadu

    Ceylonese Saturday, 30 June 2012 09:58 AM

    Political soulution is only for the politicians. What people get will be the same as now.

    Renu Saturday, 30 June 2012 09:59 AM

    Menon is more worried of Chinese involvement in the country than the Tamil Problem

    Minister Saturday, 30 June 2012 09:45 AM

    How can India say it always stood for the unity of Sri Lanka when it is a known fact that they trained LTTE fighters against this country in their own soil? We have not forgotten our past. We suffered for almost 3 decades and India is partly responsible for that.

    M.V.R.Perera Saturday, 30 June 2012 07:59 AM

    Why take note of India's concerns as long as it is not our concern

    Senna Saturday, 30 June 2012 08:08 AM

    well said sir

    Rajakaruna Friday, 29 June 2012 09:57 PM

    Waste of time! Talk, talk and more talk. Talks will go nowhere! One big joke!

    DeSelva Saturday, 30 June 2012 07:42 AM

    is that all after such a high profile visit?

    Leslie Saturday, 30 June 2012 07:19 AM

    We no need your third grade comments. We are good government in place and they would run the country well.

    Fusion Saturday, 30 June 2012 07:15 AM

    Does the GoSL actually have a detailed political solution in the 1st place? At least a formal document with clear details of what they are willing to do and what is & is not negotiable? At least CBK tabled that Devolution package so we knew their stance on the issue. It has been 3-years since all-out-war stopped, yet does anyone know what the stance of the GoSL is on a political settlement?

    Lanke Banda Saturday, 30 June 2012 07:16 AM

    So be it India. Who cares. Look into your thy house without peeping into the Neighbor's.

    nihu Saturday, 30 June 2012 07:12 AM

    Boruwata kahinna eke malli!!

    Asoka Saturday, 30 June 2012 06:43 AM

    UNHRC India voted against Sri Lanka. This is "GOOD OFFICES" ? Never ever trust India. Each and every Sri Lankans should go against India without any delay, we can see the way they treating to Sri Lanka. After giving best Guard of Honour and later LTTE killed Rajiv Gandhi, their attitute completely changed. India fooled Sri Lanka once but cant fool twice.

    terror Saturday, 30 June 2012 03:11 AM

    Indian elections are getting near....

    nisal Saturday, 30 June 2012 01:13 AM

    This govt can not deliver good to the country,they are merely looking after the interests of those who help them to keep in power.

    Nodrog Saturday, 30 June 2012 12:46 AM

    The truth is finally out...India's real concern is not for the Tamil people here but only to please the likes of Jayalalitha and Karunanidhi whose support they rely on to remain in power.

    Nodrog Saturday, 30 June 2012 12:36 AM

    SL should not and must not bow down to India just so they can please their coalition partners.

    Manik Friday, 29 June 2012 11:39 PM

    Indians can dish out some parrippu.


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