Emphasizing on the need for an all-inclusive political solution for the grievances of the Tamils, President Mahinda Rajapaksa today said that Sri Lanka cannot import a solution and that it cannot be a Rajapaksa-Sampanthan agreement.’
All parties must get together for an all-inclusive political solution. We cannot import a solution, and it cannot be a Rajapaksa-Sampanthan agreement,’ the President told a visiting Indian Parliamentary delegation.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led team, which is currently on a tour in Sri Lanka, met with President Rajapaksa. The six-member Indian delegation headed by the deputy leader of Indian opposition Bharatha Janatha Party (BJP) in the Rajya Sabha, Ravi Shankar Prasad, told the President that “Sri Lanka’s unity and integrity are not negotiable.”
The discussion also focused on several other areas of mutual interest, including the challenges faced by fishermen and the Parliamentary Select Committee to find a political solution in the north and east.
The Indian delegation asked the President about northern elections to which President Rajapaksa reaffirmed his commitment to holding the elections in September this year.
The delegation visited the northern Jaffna peninsula and during the visit, they held discussions with the leaders of Tamil parties including the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). They also met the Governor of the Northern Province to discuss the Northern Provincial Council elections planned to be held in September.
The BJP-led team has told the Tamils in the north that India is ready to provide the “healing touch” but it cannot be expected to solve their political problems. Prasad has told the Tamil parties that India cannot solve their problem and urged them to participate in the domestic political process to arrive at a solution.