Sri Lankan Tamil party talks reconciliation with India

08:54, June 13, 2011      

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Sri Lanka's main Tamil minority party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said here Sunday that issues concerning Tamil minority were raised with the visiting Indian team of high officials.

The TNA had met with India's National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and Defense Secretary Pradeep Kumar who arrived on Friday for bilateral talks with the Sri Lankan leadership.

"We made our representations based on three points, resettlement of the displaced, return of lands to Tamil people such as religious sites and an acceptable lasting political solution," said Suresh Premachandran, a senior TNA legislator.

He said the Indian officials were told that if the government addressed the above concerns reconciliation could be easily achieved.

Menon old reporters Saturday that Sri Lanka has already pledged to improve on the 13th constitutional amendment and hoped they would implement it.

"The quicker the Sri Lankan government can come to a political arrangement (with Tamils) the better," he said, adding that an arrangement that is acceptable to all was the objective.

Sri Lanka's government and the TNA are to have their seventh round of face to face talks aimed at achieving an acceptable solution to the minority Tamils on June 23.

Source: Xinhua
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