Modi says, build upon the 13th Amendment

modi 2Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday stressed the need for a political solution that addresses the aspirations of the Tamil community for equality, dignity, justice and self respect within the framework of a united Sri Lanka.

In this context, the Prime Minister urged all stakeholders in Sri Lanka to engage constructively in a spirit of partnership and mutual accommodation, towards finding a political solution that builds upon the 13th Amendment of the Sri Lankan Constitution.

The delegation briefed him on several issues, including the alleged moves by their government to change the cultural and linguistic identities in some areas.

The Prime Minister, who received the six-member delegation of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) from Sri Lanka,  assured them of India’s continuing support for relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction works in Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka particularly in projects relating to housing, livelihood generation, capacity building, education, hospitals and infrastructure.

TNA delegate M A Sumanthiran said Prime Minister Narendra Modi told us that he had asked Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to talk to the TNA to find a lasting political solution to the Tamil question and address other issues faced by the people of the Tamil majority Northern Province.

“The Prime Minister told us he had spoken about this to President Rajapaksa when the latter had come to Delhi for his swearing-in ceremony. He went on to say that he was continually engaged with the Lankan government on this matter. He called for government-TNA talks and said he wants the government to talk to the TNA.”

“In the discussion, which lasted more than an hour, Modi said he was concerned over the situation in the Northern Province and that he would do what he could to improve the conditions there,” Sumanthiran said

A Press release from the Indian Prime Ministers office on 23 August 2014, on the visit of the Tamil National Alliance delegation said: The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today received a six-member delegation of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) from Sri Lanka. The delegation is currently on a visit to India. The visit of TNA leaders is part of India’s continuing engagement with the Government and political parties in Sri Lanka.

The TNA delegation briefed the Prime Minister on the situation in Sri Lanka and their assessment and expectations regarding devolution and national reconciliation.

The Prime Minister stressed the need for a political solution that addresses the aspirations of the Tamil community for equality, dignity, justice and self respect within the framework of a united Sri Lanka. In this context, the Prime Minister urged all stakeholders in Sri Lanka to engage constructively, in a spirit of partnership and mutual accommodation, towards finding a political solution that builds upon the 13th Amendment of the Sri Lankan Constitution.

The Prime Minister also assured the TNA delegation of India’s continuing support for relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction works in Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka particularly in projects relating to housing, livelihood generation, capacity building, education, hospitals and infrastructure.

The TNA delegation is led by Mr. R. Sampanthan, MP, and comprises Mr. Mavai S. Senathirajah, MP; Mr. K. (Suresh) Premachandran MP; Mr. P. Selvarajah MP; Mr. Selvam Adaikkalanathan MP and Mr. M.A. Sumanthiran MP.

The Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Shri Nripendra Misra, the National Security Adviser Shri Ajit Doval, and the Foreign Secretary Smt. Sujatha Singh, were present at the meeting.

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