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* Sri Lankan Prime Minister says a visit by the Indian PM to North will be good
Tue, Dec 3, 2013, 12:49 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 03, Colombo: Prime Minister of Sri Lanka D.M. Jayaratne says that a visit to the North by Indian Premier Manmohan Singh will be good for him to see the development that has taken place in the Northern Province following the end of the war.

Jayaratne told the media in parliament that he personally did not have any objection to Singh visiting the Northern Province on the invitation of Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran.

Jayaratne said that people have the freedom and discretion to visit the country.

He added that in the event the Indian Premier visits the North due to pressure by Tamil Nadu, they will all see the real situation in the North where Tamils and Sinhalese co-exist without any problem.

The main opposition United National Party (UNP) meanwhile said it would oppose any move by the Indian Prime Minister to visit the North on an invitation extended by the Northern Province Chief Minister after the Indian PM turned down the President's invitation to the Commonwealth summit.

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