Visiting Indian National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon said that it is up to the Sri Lankan government to find a political solution which it is comfortable with and India is not interfering in the matter.
Mr. Menon stated that India would refrain from interfering in the matter which was “up to the Sri Lankan Government”. The Indian delegation in the country has expressed that although they hope for a speedy political solution for the Tamil Parties in Sri Lanka, the solution has to be one which the Sri Lankan Government is comfortable with.
The Indian delegation had also met with a group from the TNA, and representatives from other Tamil parties. Discussions had been held on matters of access and the militarisation of the North. Menon told Indian Media, in Sri Lanka, that the immediate task was to provide information on those reported missing during the last stages of the war and to ensure that life in the North returned to normal. The TNA had expressed to the delegation that talks were ongoing between the government and themselves on releasing the names and details of the missing persons.
On matters of resettlement Menon stated that although work was ongoing “more need(s) to be done.”
Menon had said that discussions had taken place between the delegation and Minister of External Affairs G.L Peries on the issues of fishermen. “There is an understanding from both sides about what the fishermen want and the unions from both countries are carrying on discussions, they will arrive at solutions which are beneficial to both parties,” Menon had said.
During the delegation’s two hour call on President Mahinda Rajapaksa the delegation had conveyed to him Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s acceptance of an invitation to visit the country. Menon explained to Indian media that the visit would happen at a time convenient to both parties, no date has yet been decided on.
Menon had expressed that the two governments had “exhaustive discussions” which they were “very satisfied” with.
Menon also stated that no discussion had taken place on matters relating to the Tamil Nadu Assembly as the Sri Lankan government had made it very clear that they deal with the centre and not individual states.
He also stated that Sri Lanka had its own mechanism for dealing with reconciliation in terms of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and therefore the UN Panel report had not been discussed.
Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao briefed Indian media on the housing projects ongoing in the North, where the target is for 50 houses to be completed by the end of the month and a 1000 pilot houses by the end of the year. This number is in addition to the 43,000 owner driven beneficiary scheme houses.
Indian Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumaar was also part of the delegation which left the island a short while ago. (DS)
Peace & prosperity exists in the region when neighbouring countries mutually respect each other. Good move India but I only hope you would not do a backflip later.
Guru Sunday, 12 June 2011 01:26 AM
Indians know what to do and when to do. They are not Modayas.
dilhan Sunday, 12 June 2011 04:39 AM
then go back to your country and don't come back. we are sinhalese buddhist who never bow down to indians or any invaders............
Titta Sunday, 12 June 2011 04:42 AM
India must insist not only 13 but also 17 too to direct his brother.
jayani Sunday, 12 June 2011 04:51 AM
"Why are you telling me that you are going to Lemberg, when you are actually going to Lemberg?" ...-Freud's famous joke
M.V.R.Perera Sunday, 12 June 2011 07:43 AM
If India is not interfering why are they coming here
AMT Sunday, 12 June 2011 07:52 AM
Wonder why India did not speak about KP the wanted man in India by Interpol
Shyam Sunday, 12 June 2011 08:43 AM
If not interfering, why you are here - interests are hidden
UK TAMIL BOY Sunday, 12 June 2011 09:01 AM
It is worries man.
Calistus Jayatilleke Sunday, 12 June 2011 11:16 AM
Maybe the days of dropping "parippu" and "karavadu" are over because those items are now required for the consumption of their own people in Tamil Nadu.
sunny Sunday, 12 June 2011 01:29 PM
play by ear
Arjuna Sunday, 12 June 2011 02:29 PM
So, anyone who visits SL will be interfering? Do you want to be a country which is visited by no one? Let's use our brains little bit here.
Arjuna Saturday, 11 June 2011 10:41 PM
I bet India wants to make sure that the Tamils and the rest of SL can live in peace as it has to face the consequences at home in TN. So, the intentions must be good.
Powerless Sunday, 12 June 2011 02:55 PM
Beggers cannot intefere; they can only beg to take care of their interest.
Shyam Sunday, 12 June 2011 05:02 PM
Visiting as tourists/ friends welcome
DeSelva Sunday, 12 June 2011 09:01 PM
veena Monday, 13 June 2011 04:22 AM
how sweet! you are such a lpving big brother.
malkanthi Monday, 13 June 2011 04:35 AM
malkanthi Monday, 13 June 2011 04:39 AM
It is a goodwill visit. A clever neighbour often lives next to a stupid neighbour .
PADMA Monday, 13 June 2011 04:50 AM
Yes not interfere overturn
Sue Monday, 13 June 2011 05:23 AM
What India is saying is "You don't have to get too close to China. We'll help you, if you play ball with us"
samath Monday, 13 June 2011 10:15 AM
Menon and Moon no difference ,
Aru Monday, 13 June 2011 10:24 AM
Bullies, schemers, dictators, cool operators, double tongued serpents, pretenders - you name it.
Ranjan Bandara Monday, 13 June 2011 10:55 AM
First of all we Srilanks shoud thank India C'gv. for respecting soverginy of their neighbouring Island and helpong solving proublems. Despite the pressuer from TN . It is the duty of us not to behave or use the words to provacate India but to tighten the developing relation
Bamba Saturday, 11 June 2011 02:55 PM
Yes, you are not interfering. You are dictating.
NADARAJAH SETHURUPAN Saturday, 11 June 2011 11:51 AM
India say Speedy political solution for the Tamil “up to the Sri Lankan Government”? Indian "sounds good,"
Nesan Saturday, 11 June 2011 12:00 PM
EYE WASH TO INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY
Ragi Saturday, 11 June 2011 12:00 PM
No fun, I hope tamils wont expect anything from India any more.
milliband Saturday, 11 June 2011 12:03 PM
This is how a good neighbour and a relative should behave.
UK TAMIL BOY Saturday, 11 June 2011 12:46 PM
INDIA WANTS TO SAVE SRI LANKA FROM THE WESTERN PRESSURE.
Kavish Saturday, 11 June 2011 02:00 PM
Ohhh what a bad news for UNP and JVP
Konde Bendapuchhena Saturday, 11 June 2011 01:58 PM
it is like Loku Aiyya and Podi malli
Suduloonuwa Saturday, 11 June 2011 02:16 PM
Then why did you come here in the first place??? You all are JOKERS
Manmohan Saturday, 11 June 2011 02:24 PM
they play a good diplomatic game here..... pressure is on sri lanka ... no interfering ... if you can't do that then we will have to put our hands..... in to the matter... so cool but lethal words !
Yehiya- Doha Saturday, 11 June 2011 02:32 PM
Last chance. 13+ or international court.
Archunan Saturday, 11 June 2011 02:53 PM
Talks behind the doors, not all will not come to media.
nanda Saturday, 11 June 2011 11:31 AM
No big worries
bigsam Saturday, 11 June 2011 02:58 PM
What can be a solution to Indian fishing in SL waters, that benefit BOTH parties???
Paul Saturday, 11 June 2011 03:19 PM
Do you expect India to practise what they preach?
Sam Saturday, 11 June 2011 03:42 PM
Phew..what a relief. Thank u
Jalba Saturday, 11 June 2011 03:38 PM
India is not interfering it means India is interfering;)
freehit Saturday, 11 June 2011 03:44 PM
Yeah ! Only a little bit of arm twisting later on, perhaps, just to remind Sri Lanka that India's wish should be sri lanka's command.
Concerned Saturday, 11 June 2011 03:55 PM
He says one here and another there!
rajthas Saturday, 11 June 2011 03:55 PM
we trust you sir.
freehit Saturday, 11 June 2011 04:13 PM
I guess the editor has deleted the last few words in the first para, and it should read thus... .........and India is not interfering in the matter " as long as Sri Lanka comply with India's wishes."
Ceylonese Saturday, 11 June 2011 08:22 PM
India should be just another country bro.
Blue Whale Saturday, 11 June 2011 09:11 PM
Good time to redefine the word “interference”...
Guru Saturday, 11 June 2011 10:02 PM
India knows what they should and when to do what they want.
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