Oct 08, Jaffna: India Tuesday said that the Government of India aims for a lasting solution with which all communities of Sri Lanka can live in equality, justice and peace.
"Our objective is to enable a lasting political settlement which will ensure that all communities, including the Sri Lankan Tamil community, are able to lead a life marked by equality, justice, dignity and self-respect," India's External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said.
Addressing a function in Jaffna in the Northern Province today, the visiting Minister said India is committed to pursuing the full implementation of the 13th Amendment to Sri Lanka's Constitution, and building upon it, to achieve a meaningful devolution of powers.
Khurshid assured the Tamil people in the Province that India will do everything possible to work with the Sri Lankan government to take the process forward
"In this regard, India will do everything possible to work with the Government of Sri Lanka to take this process forward in a spirit of partnership and cooperation," he said.
"I would like to assure the people of the Northern Province that India will work closely with the Government of Sri Lanka and the Northern Provincial Council, to ensure that a constructive and cooperative relationship is established, with the overall objective of rebuilding peoples' lives devastated by the three decades of armed conflict," Khurshid said.
Earlier in the day the visiting Minister discussed the power devolution with the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa.