Aug 22, New Delhi: India today reiterated its stance that Sri Lankans need a political solution to the ethnic Tamil issue within the framework of a united Sri Lanka.
India stressed that a political solution to the ethnic issue need to substantially address the aspirations of the Tamil community in Sri Lanka when a six-member delegation of Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance, met with India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi Friday.
TNA delegation led by MP R. Sampanthan has made a detailed presentation to the Indian Minister on what they perceived as the current situation in Sri Lanka in terms of political environment and their engagement in the Sri Lankan government, India Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said at the media briefing today.
He said the meeting held between the TNA delegation and the Indian Minister was part of "our effort to engage with all, the government of Sri Lanka as well as all political parties of Sri Lanka with the ongoing efforts towards reconciliation."
Akbaruddin said the Minister Swaraj stressed the "need for a political solution that addresses substantially the aspirations of the Tamil Community in Sri Lanka for equality, dignity, justice and self-respect within the framework of a united Sri Lanka."
He said India is working with Sri Lanka on a framework stemming from the India – Sri Lanka accord which includes the 13th Amendment to the constitution.
The TNA delegation led by Sampanthan and comprising MPs Mavai Senathirajah, M.A. Sumanthiran, Selvam Adaikalanathan, P. Selvarasa and Suresh Premachandran will meet the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow.
The Spokesman said the TNA delegation intends to present their suggestions to the Prime Minister Modi on how India can engage in resolving the Tamil issue.
In addition, the delegation will also discuss Indian developmental projects in the region including the Northern and Eastern provinces. The developmental projects among other include, the Indian housing project, development of hospitals and the Sampur coal power plant, the spokesperson said.