Aug 20, Colombo: India's foreign policy is very clear and will not agree to any foreign power interfering in Sri Lanka's internal matters, a senior leader of India's governing Bharatha Janatha Party (BJP) Dr. Subramanian Swamy said.
Speaking at the last day sessions of Sri Lanka's three-day defense meet, Defense Seminar 2014, at the Galadari Hotel in Colombo on the topic 'India - Sri Lanka Relations' , Dr. Swamy said India's 'national interests' are the most prioritized and India will not favor one particular ethnic group.
"India's foreign policy is very clear and will not agree to any foreign power interfering Sri Lanka's internal matters, nor it will intervene in any such regional context either. India's 'national interests' are the most prioritized and India will not come forward to help one particular ethnic group alone," he said adding that every segment in Sri Lanka should stick to that policy.
"Indian people, except for a few extremist groups, have overwhelmingly voted against any form of terrorism and it was evident in all recent election results," the BJP leader underscored.
The senior BJP leader assured the "love and support for a united sibling nation of Sri Lanka" since the new Indian government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not fettered by the past compulsions of Indian politics.
Speaking of Sri Lanka's close relationship with China, Dr. Swamy pointed out that it was India's mistake earlier for leaving a vacuum to be filled with China's offer of assistance.
"President Rajapaksa first invited India to commence harbor construction in Hambantota but due to Tamil Nadu compulsions, India did not take part in it. Now, China has built a massive harbor for Sri Lanka with all modern facilities," he said.
Addressing the issue of devolving power to Sri Lanka's provinces under India-brokered 13th Amendment to the Constitution, Dr. Swamy pointed out that the Sri Lankan President through the elections and provincial councils, has given all what they asked for except for the police powers.
"It is time that Tamils in Sri Lanka also become stake holders in the Sri Lankan polity and work for the betterment of the country like, how India with all diverse cultures are running, although the Hindus make 85% of the population," he remarked.