Apr 05, Colombo: India has asked Sri Lanka to take forward the process of broader dialogue through full implementation of the 13th Amendment and going beyond and show concrete movement towards a meaningful devolution of powers.
Such move would greatly facilitate national reconciliation by building trust and confidence on all sides, India's top diplomat in Colombo said.
Indian High Commissioner Y. K. Sinha said New Delhi had also conveyed to Colombo on a number of occasions the need for expeditious steps towards genuine national reconciliation, including investigations into allegations of human rights violations, restoration of normalcy in affected areas, reduction of 'high security zones', satisfactorily addressing the issue of missing persons and the redressal of humanitarian concerns of the affected families.
Addressing the Foreign Correspondents Association in Colombo Friday, the Indian envoy said India's view is that the end of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka provided a unique opportunity to pursue a lasting political settlement within the framework of a united Sri Lanka, and acceptable to all the communities in the island, including the Tamils.
Welcoming the successful elections held for the Northern Provincial Council last year, the envoy urged both the government and the major Tamil party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to engage constructively, "in a spirit of partnership and mutual accommodation", so that the urgent needs of the people of the Northern Province are addressed with a sense of urgency and purpose.
"Only such a cooperative approach will pave the way for genuine reconciliation amongst the communities involved," Mr. Sinha said.
Speaking about the trade between the two countries and the number of development projects India has funded in Sri Lanka, the envoy expressed confidence that India-Sri Lanka relations will expand exponentially in the coming years.
"It is our hope that the Government of Sri Lanka, recognizing the critical importance of genuine reconciliation, acts with vision and sagacity. We will remain engaged and offer our support in a spirit of partnership and cooperation," the High Commissioner noted.