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A Sri Lankan minister Thursday played down intensified diplomatic engagement with India over power devolution to its Tamil minority, saying it was merely to keep New Delhi "informed".

Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, who is also President Mahinda Rajapaksa's brother, flew to New Delhi to meet with top officials including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

He will seek to explain the Sri Lankan government's plans on devolving power to the Tamil minority, cabinet spokesman and Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said.

The move came after Manmohan Singh expressed "dismay" over Colombo's plans to roll back power devolution under the 13th amendment to its constitution, made with the Indian intervention of 1987.

After Sri Lanka crushed the Tamil Tigers in 2009, President Rajapaksa pledged to the UN and India that a political solution would be found by implementing the 13th amendment.

But despite the lapse of more than four years, Colombo has failed to deliver on those promises.

Rambukwella acknowledged that the government was keen to revamp land and police powers under the 13th amendment but insisted that the interaction with India was merely a "courtesy".

"The government of Sri Lanka has scientifically evaluated the situation and found that these two areas, police and land powers, have to be reviewed, revisited and it is by common courtesy since the 13th amendment stems from Rajiv-J.R, heads of two states," he said, referring to the late Rajiv Gandhi and J.R. Jayewardene who signed a bilateral pact in 1987.

That agreement allowed India to deploy troops in Sri Lanka's northeast, where they ended up fighting the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam after it refused to surrenders its large arsenal.

"Therefore it is common courtesy to sort of have this discussion to inform the signatories to the agreement," the minister said.

"On that basis, a member of the cabinet nominated and designated by the president is visiting India," he said. (Source: IANS)
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  • Outspoken Friday, 05 July 2013 04:57 AM

    Agreement is an agreement. Let it be with anybody,it is valid.

    Naman Friday, 05 July 2013 07:36 AM

    The Provincial councils need to have its own Police and Land powers in order to protects the civilians living in that province.
    The Ministry of Defence Secretary wants to control the entire country using its military intelligence, STF, Army etc. the provincial heads will only have the police to keep a check on the military involvement in normal day to day life. The security forces need to be educated so that they are there to protect the law abiding citizens and to carry out the Politicians or underworld wishes. Security forces should not act as torturers,Rapists,kidnappers,murderers,bribe takers

    Mangala Friday, 05 July 2013 08:08 AM

    NO

    jimjim Friday, 05 July 2013 02:06 AM

    Is agreement with India valid!

    srn Friday, 05 July 2013 05:44 AM

    India is duty bound to respect Rajiv's agreement.


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