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Lanka should devolve powers to Tamils: Chidambaram

[PTI, Sunday, 7 June 2009 16:31 No Comment]

Sri Lanka should devolve powers to Tamils in line with the Indo-Sri Lankan Accord and "if possible go even beyond that", Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said on Sunday.

"The Sri Lankan government should implement the 13th amendment of the Indo-Lankan Accord on devolution of powers, if possible go beyond that," he told reporters after meeting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi in Chennai to discuss the Sri Lankan Tamils issue.

Chidambaram said the Lankan government should strictly proceed towards rehabilitating the Tamils. India, he said, too was working for the internally displaced Tamils and had donated large sums of money.

Chidambaram, who called on Karunanidhi for the first time after taking charge as Home Minister in the new UPA government, said he met the DMK chief to get "inputs on what he was thinking and what has to be done for Lankan Tamils and how to rehabilitate them as well as how we should be proceed in this regard".

He said he would present Karunanidhi’s "thoughts" at the union Cabinet meeting.

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