Sri Lanka assures India of resolving problems of Tamils

07:38, June 10, 2010      

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Sri Lanka assured India on Wednesday that it would seek a solution to the ethnic problem of Tamils, said Indian official sources.

According to the sources, during the talks between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and visiting Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa here, Singh asked Rajapaksa to give political and financial autonomy to the Tamils and to give a political package to the Tamils this year.

"Rajapaksa has reassured Singh about his government's plans to resettle refugees. He also briefed the Indian prime minister about his government's plans to settle the ethnic grievances, a year after the civil war ended with the death of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader V. Prabhakaran," the sources said.

However, New Delhi did not dictate any terms for that and said that it would prefer any model of decentralization that Rajapaksa chooses.

To boost bilateral cooperation, the two sides signed seven pacts after wide ranging talks on areas such as security, energy, railways and cultural exchange.

New Delhi and Colombo also made progress on resolving political deadlock over Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) during the talks.

Source: Xinhua


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