Visiting Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said today that it was an opportune time for Sri Lanka to focus on ‘outstanding issues’ such as a political solution for the Tamil people.
“The end of the conflict has now given room for Sri Lanka to resolve any outstanding issues such as a political solution for the Tamil people in Sri Lanka. We hope that this can be done with a spirit of understanding and a structural dialog through the Government of Sri Lanka,” Krishna said.
Krishna also showed understanding of the issues regarding resettlement. “There are still a few thousands in the camps and the resettlement process takes time. It will take sometime for the people to place their feet firmly on the ground and there are teething problems. I’m sure the Sri Lankan Government is sensitive to these issues,” he said.
Sri Lankan External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L Peiris denied claims that devolution in the country had now taken a back seat. “This has been a case of priorities. We had to first address the humanitarian issues like resettlement, agriculture, water and housing before looking at the political issues,” he said.
He further stated that President Mahinda Rajapaksa was meeting with Tamil political parties in a continuing dialog.
Krishna met with President Rajapaksa earlier this morning. He will open consulates in Hambantota and Jaffna during his visit. (DS)
External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L Peiris and Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna at the External Ministry in Colombo today, where they exchanged the signed Minutes of the 7th Session of the Sri Lanka- India Joint Commission. Pix by Pradeep Dilruckshana
NADARAJAH SETHURUPAN Friday, 26 November 2010 10:27 AM
Political democracy cannot survive without genuine economic social democracy and negotiated solution. Krishna know That is now taken a back seat.
kuthbuddin Saturday, 27 November 2010 01:55 AM
why not all the sri lankan live as sri lankan and move ahead rather than dividing them self and having a arms race within which ultimately lead sri lanka divided.
Jose Saturday, 27 November 2010 02:01 AM
Sri Lankan Govt barrowing money from India, China and Western countries. So Sri Lanka Govt has to dance for their demands. In return they forgive all debts.
mervin Friday, 26 November 2010 10:34 AM
Yes. That's the whole point of this.
vince Friday, 26 November 2010 10:43 AM
Do not get confused. Muslims are also Tamils, they speak tamil like any other tamil. Only difference is like the christian tamils, the muslim tamils do not follow the hindu tamil culture. Burghers, I think many of them are demiciled and have a better life in Australia.
lankan Friday, 26 November 2010 10:45 AM
Hey guys,U want Indias help to fight LTTE,but dont want to listen to India to solve tamil peoples problems.There were some real reasons for Tamil youth to take weapons,those problems should be solved.
malkanthi Friday, 26 November 2010 10:51 AM
Both India and China seem having some hidden agendas, which we cannot perceive with limited capacity. We are just an ant in between taking some glory.
net Friday, 26 November 2010 10:56 AM
I dont think Sri Lanka does not like to have Indian Model. Sri Lanka is an independence state and we dont want to have indian jokers poking their fingering here.
Fayad Friday, 26 November 2010 11:00 AM
for argument sake i agree with you, if a Sinhalese person speaks Tamil he becomes a Sinhala Tamil good one we should include to our constitution this reform.
JD Saturday, 27 November 2010 03:08 AM
if muslims also tamils why did the LTTE kick them out ?
Fayad Friday, 26 November 2010 11:11 AM
Who gave the training , funds & harbored them in early eighties therefore they have to help to fight LTTE before it spread to tamil nadu
Lalith Kuruwita Friday, 26 November 2010 11:19 AM
Read, it says in the morning
Lalith Kuruwita Friday, 26 November 2010 11:23 AM
No Worries, All youths irrespective of race will take weapon soon because of the government
Hirantha Friday, 26 November 2010 11:28 AM
Any comments from WIMAL?
bigsam Friday, 26 November 2010 11:34 AM
Also a fine opportunity for a political solution to Kashmir, eh Mr. Krishna? Our GL is ever eager to fix other country's problems.
Ram Friday, 26 November 2010 11:36 AM
Disagree. Fayad has a very valid point about other significant minorities.
goiya Friday, 26 November 2010 11:45 AM
solution 1 = political solution2 = war since there is no war here, so its gonna be political. Do u have to fly here to tell it, u should hv emailed it to GL.
Hareen Friday, 26 November 2010 11:59 AM
You may do something to Kashmeer! then we can take it as a model.
laksiri Friday, 26 November 2010 12:08 PM
you are very ignorant
Above the crowd Friday, 26 November 2010 01:26 PM
India created the problem. All those who commented have very short memories Mr.Krishna,You have a short memory too.
victoria Friday, 26 November 2010 01:47 PM
Well said - it is a known problem but no one wants to sole it - It is the only way to get votes?? elese we will not have wanted criminals like Col. Karuna and ohters in the cabinet???
Lanke Banda Saturday, 27 November 2010 06:13 AM
Mr Krishna Tamils caused this Problem. However much of recognition given is not enough. Mr Krishna there is no way that the Tamils can take the Majority rule as the voter's in S.L. have the right to choose its legislature Democratically. Where in the World a Country has given this Opportunity ??????? Tamils live all over Lanka is it so with the Sinhalese ? NO . Please look after your problem in Kashmir before preaching.
roy Friday, 26 November 2010 02:55 PM
India should stop this type of intimidation before its too late. No other country in the world try to dictate terms of a neighbouring country like India.
demon Friday, 26 November 2010 03:59 PM
ignorant...how can u call a muslim "a muslim tamil"...
indike Saturday, 27 November 2010 07:07 PM
Time for a political solution for Kashmir. Mr. Krishna dude, mind your own business.
Narendra Gunatillake Friday, 26 November 2010 05:48 PM
Listen Krishna........ Leave us alone and get lost for good. We could manage our own affairs. Try to resolve your own concerns at Tripura, Punjab, Misori ect...
Above the crowd Saturday, 27 November 2010 09:11 AM
We can get the Chinese to keep India at bay.India is shamelessly poking their Finger having created the PROBLEM.
People Friday, 26 November 2010 06:41 PM
Verry correct lankan.I wonder whether the literate Sri Lankan will understand this aspect of this.
Common Man Saturday, 27 November 2010 10:07 AM
You are right, very soon we will be holding Provincial Council Elections. Thank for reminding.
garawi Friday, 26 November 2010 10:07 PM
I think Krishanan should find a political solution to the 17 ongoing separatist movements in India before advising Sri Lanka.
Mahinda Friday, 26 November 2010 09:58 AM
NADARAJAH SETHURUPAN Friday, 26 November 2010 09:59 AM
What does human need to survive? Thats what we need "without corruption" in Srilanka.
vat hora Saturday, 27 November 2010 12:43 AM
Did you eat amu?
Saman/South Africa Friday, 26 November 2010 10:07 AM
of course it is for Kashmir problem,not in Sri Lanka
Maravin Friday, 26 November 2010 10:08 AM
Fayad Friday, 26 November 2010 10:10 AM
If Tamils are given special political preference what happen to Muslims & Burghers ???? if so Mr. Krishna why won't you consider the same in Kashmir even you can better that by giving Eelam to Tamil nadu as well
ddj Friday, 26 November 2010 10:14 AM
Model 3 ^13+ = JUST PEACE.
Borat Friday, 26 November 2010 10:16 AM
TAMIL NADU in sri lanka
Naleen Pradeep Friday, 26 November 2010 10:23 AM
India can never sleep until a political solution gives. This is the result we get when we go to beg others
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