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No change in Centre's stand on SL Tamil's issue: PM tells Jaya

25 July 2013 05:09 am - 15     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Holding that there was no change in India's stand on the issue of reconciliation and devolution of political powers to ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has informed Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa that New Delhi will work towards ensuring that Tamils are "masters of their own destiny within framework of a united Sri Lanka."

"There is absolutely no change in Government of Indias stand on the question of reconciliation and devolution of political powers in Sri Lanka. "We have long advocated the creation of an environment in Sri Lanka in which all communities, particularly the Sri Lankan Tamils, are masters of their own destiny within the framework of a united Sri Lanka.

We will continue to work towards this end", Singh told Jayalalitha in response to her letter dated July 14. The text of Singh's letter was released by the state government today.

Jayalalitha had written to the Prime Minister strongly urging New Delhi to take pressure the Sri Lankan Government not to take any steps to repeal or dilute the 13th Amendment of the Sri Lankan Constitution in any manner.

13th Amendment is part of the Indo-Lanka accord of 1987 which seeks to give more powers to the provinces. There are reports that the Lankan government wants to repeal it despite India's concerns.

Jayalalithaa had called upon the Centre to take a decisive and bold stand in support of the Tamils, besides asking India to ensure that the process of democratic decentralization was in no way jeopardised. (Source: Indian Express)

  Comments - 15

  • ram Thursday, 25 July 2013 06:47 AM

    Wow very soon we can see India or Sri Lanka.

    CROW Thursday, 25 July 2013 08:09 AM


    chandi malli Thursday, 25 July 2013 08:32 AM

    pls note this is another country

    Saskia Thursday, 25 July 2013 09:33 AM

    This 'another country' had begged India for military support when fighting against LTTE.

    Yogi Thursday, 25 July 2013 09:43 AM

    Yes Sir we have seen the results of Mr Menan recently. Tamils will continue to rely on India.

    Kamma Thursday, 25 July 2013 10:53 AM

    Spot on, Saskia!

    Guest Thursday, 25 July 2013 11:24 AM

    Every sensible people knows that there is no democray rule in SL. When the GoSL deceiving and breaking the promises, is it possible to achieve a amicable solution to the longstanding issue?

    Boobamba Thursday, 25 July 2013 01:43 PM

    As well, there is absolutely no change in the policy of Government of Sri Lanka's non-negotiable stand on the question of sovereignty and territorial integrity of the island.

    Ane Anichchan Thursday, 25 July 2013 02:00 PM

    If not for the unjustified interference of Tamil Nadu authorities there had been no terrorism and no war in Sri Lanka. All unnecessary deaths and destruction including the life of Indian leader Rajiv Ghandi could have been saved.

    malcolm x Thursday, 25 July 2013 03:46 PM

    So it now looks very much that we may end up having two eelams instead of one,Tamil eelam in the North & Sinhala eelam in the South.

    Rohan Thursday, 25 July 2013 04:46 PM

    Ram, Saskia and Kamma are day dreaming of Elam... It will never happen in the next 3 centuries.. LOL..

    Maha Rajaneni Friday, 26 July 2013 07:07 AM

    PM Singh, do you like Pakistan's interferences on their community's issue In India?. Wake-up India its now or never.

    k.banda Friday, 26 July 2013 07:19 AM

    let bring china naval,army,airforce base in Jaffna. Test some missles?. Then india will be silent in srilanaka matters

    Shashika Friday, 26 July 2013 12:08 PM

    Ya Because of that all the rapists came here as "peace keeping army " & raped the innocent tamil girls in North...

    Concerned Citizen Saturday, 27 July 2013 02:08 PM

    Is the supreme head of Sri Lanka, Manmohan Singh? It is far better to let India invade Sri Lanka or do whatever they want to, rather than capitulate to the wishes of Jayalalitha or the dictates of Manmohan singh. Come on Mr Rajapakse show them you are not a coward to sacrifice SriLanka's interests. Do not forget what India did at the UNHRC

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