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Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told a visiting delegation of Sri Lankan Tamil Members of Parliament on Friday that New Delhi continues to look at the 13th amendment as the framework for a political solution in the island nation.

This was the first engagement of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) with the new dispensation in New Delhi, though their first interlocutor was an old acquaintance. Swaraj had met with the visiting delegation members in her earlier avatar as the Leader of Opposition, when she led a parliamentary group to the island nation in 2012.
 Giving the details of the meeting, spokesperson in the External Affairs Syed Akbaruddin said the 6-member delegation gave a presentation in fairly detailed manner on what they perceive as current situation in Sri Lanka in terms of political environment and their engagement or otherwise with the Sri Lanka government.

During the long meeting in South Block, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj was basically in listening mode. The TNA delegation informed her in detail how the Northern Province chief minister CV Vigneswaran was unable to function, hemmed in by Colombo-appointed bureaucrats taking all vital decisions.

She conveyed that India was for a “political solution that addresses substantially the aspirations of Tamil community in Sri Lanka for equality, dignity, justice and self-respect within the framework of United Sri Lanka”.

The MEA spokesperson said that the 13th amendment “is stemming from India-Sri Lanka accord… That’s the framework in which we are working”.

There was also discussion of India-assisted development projects, including the massive housing project in north and east. (Indian Express)

  Comments - 15

  • ABC Saturday, 23 August 2014 01:45 PM

    What rights India has to preach SL What to do They are the creaters of all these problem by giving birth to LTTE via DM Android App

    Iqbal Saturday, 23 August 2014 08:22 AM

    What right Sri Lankan got to persecute the ethnic and religious minorities?

    Banda Saturday, 23 August 2014 09:16 AM

    Aspiration of Tamils is nothing but Eelam.

    Ihale Saturday, 23 August 2014 02:54 PM

    Wait and see one day they will divide the country not two - three or more. Then No politically fueled patriotism of many parties. Ensuring rights of the stake holders is the responsibility of a Real patriot to avoid external interference to the country. via DM Android App

    gobbaya Saturday, 23 August 2014 03:01 PM

    abcindia had its reasons to do what they did & sri lanka had its reasons to do what they did....so things cannot be looked in abstract form and accuse one another....india paid the price for its actions...sri lanka paid a price for its actions with all communities be it sinhalese or tamils or muslims suffering as well.....until sri lankas citizens become mature enough (especially the sinhalese) to understand this aspect and move forward....reconciliation will be elusive as ever and the threat of scrutiny from external powers will continue to plague the country....when will the country ever learn this aspect...... via DM Android App

    Ganga Saturday, 23 August 2014 10:45 AM

    you will have to please india... just like setting their fisherman free with no charge....

    really Saturday, 23 August 2014 11:41 AM

    The usual comment. Other countries give advice only when Sri Lanka is making blunders in looking after their citizens.

    idroos2002 Saturday, 23 August 2014 11:56 AM

    Mr ABC the real fathers who gave birth to Tamil Grieviences are the hard line Sinhala only nationalists like SWRD , JRJ , Srimavo Etc etc who alienated the tamil rights its itched in history

    Kumudu Saturday, 23 August 2014 12:23 PM

    We respect the big brother. But no 13+ We should look after more our minorities. We should change the defence hierarchies. Let India refresh there stance.

    burt Monday, 25 August 2014 02:44 AM

    Then that is what they should have. Without ruining the whole country why not allow at least a part to prosper.

    George Clooney Monday, 25 August 2014 02:46 AM

    [quote name="Banda"]Aspiration of Tamils is nothing but Eelam.[/quote]

    And the problem with that is??????

    Sangaralinghamw Monday, 25 August 2014 03:14 AM

    [quote name="idroos2002"]Mr ABC the real fathers who gave birth to Tamil Grieviences are the hard line Sinhala only nationalists like SWRD , JRJ , Srimavo Etc etc who alienad the tamil rights its itched in history[/quote]
    [quote name="Kumudu"]We respect the big brother. But no 13+ We should look after more our minorities. We should change the defence hierarchies. Let India refresh there stance.[/quote]
    Well said 13a is-a number to think about but will not solve problem if there are no political leadership which thrive on ethnoracial to win votes some if not many sitting in the House of Parliament does not know other than their back yard applicable to all members. How many northerner visited south to tal with their colleagues from north and same applies to southern politicians visiting north to look around see what is going inthe nation.

    Gamarala Monday, 25 August 2014 06:37 AM

    Why are other countries interfering in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka. Maybe we should send observers to Kashmir.

    Gamarala Monday, 25 August 2014 06:41 AM

    We should advise India how to settle the long overdue Kashmiri matter festering for years and the border dispute with China.

    Senathi Siva Tuesday, 26 August 2014 02:20 AM

    Who was the one who suggested 13+ in the first place . One says something and forgets about it but the other is remembering it even though there was a change of government.

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