Written by Kumudu Jayawardana
09 Jan, 2014 | 4:24 pm
[quote]Our concern is that the Indo-Sri Lanka agreement with former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi should be respected. [/quote]
Foreign affairs minister in India Salman Khurshid said that the Indo-Sri Lanka agreement should be respected.
He expressed these views in an interview with Khabar South Asia news agency.
Question and answer follow that related to Sri Lanka;
Khabar: During your recent visit to Sri Lanka did you convey your concerns about Tamil representation in government? Is the India government ready to assist Sri Lanka to calm Sinhalese concerns about a northern Tamil political power base?
Khurshid: Our concern is that the Indo-Sri Lanka agreement with former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi should be respected. The Sri Lankan government sought our help, and, in response to that, we were promised that there would be devolution of power from the centre to states — like it is in India.
Sri Lanka is a sovereign state. It is for them to decide about their country. We were assured that the 13th amendment would give Sri Lankans, Tamils and other ethnicities the right to live with dignity and honour.
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