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India consistently calling upon Sri Lanka to fulfill aspirations of Tamil people: Govt in LS

Jaishankar visited Sri Lanka in January and the Tamil issue figured in his meetings in Colombo.

Published: 17th March 2021 04:05 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th March 2021 04:05 PM   |  A+A-

MoS Parliamentary Affairs V Muraleedharan (Photo | ANI)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: India on Wednesday said it has consistently called upon Sri Lanka to fulfil its commitments to meet the expectations of the Tamil people for equality, justice and peace.

In response to a question in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan also said that External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in meetings with his Sri Lankan counterpart has reiterated India's support for the reconciliation process in the island nation.

"Government has consistently called upon Sri Lanka to fulfill its commitments relating to the Tamil community in Sri Lanka," Muraleedharan said.

Jaishankar visited Sri Lanka in January and the Tamil issue figured in his meetings in Colombo.

"In his meetings with the Sri Lankan foreign minister, EAM reiterated India's longstanding support for the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka and emphasised that it is in Sri Lanka's own interest that the expectations of the Tamil people for equality, justice, peace and dignity within a united Sri Lanka are fulfilled," said Muraleedharan.

"That applies equally to the commitments made by the Sri Lankan Government on meaningful devolution, including the 13th Amendment to the Constitution," he said.

The 13th amendment provides for devolution of power to the Tamil community.

India has been pressing Sri Lanka to implement the 13th amendment which was brought in after the Indo-Sri Lankan agreement of 1987.

Muraleedharan said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his meeting with Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa in February last and during a virtual summit in September, called upon the island nation to address aspirations of the Tamil people.

"The prime minister called upon the government of Sri Lanka to address the aspirations of the Tamil people for equality, justice, peace and dignity within a united Sri Lanka, including by carrying forward the process of reconciliation with the implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution," he said.



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  • Siva

    Yes only consistently calling but not doing anything else but supporting the Sri Lankan government and the Sinhalese at the UN. The Sinhalese also know this and do not do anything
    1 month ago reply
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