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Sonia accused of ‘interfering’ in Sri Lankan politics

[MISC, Wednesday, 13 April 2011 08:15 No Comment]

(INP) An Opposition party in Sri Lanka accused Indian ruling Congress President Sonia Gandhi of “gross interference” in the country’s internal affairs for seeking constitutional amendments to fulfil the political aspirations of the ethnic Tamil community here.

“Mrs Gandhi has said that there must be constitutional changes to address Sri Lankan Tamil issues. This is a gross interference in our internal affairs,” said Tilwin Silva, General Secretary of JVP, the country’s communist party.

This was not the first time that India has interfered in Sri Lanka’s affairs, Silva said, adding the JVP condemns India as much as it condemned the Sri Lankan government for keeping mum on Indian interference.

“You can’t address Tamil issues through a mere constitutional change. There must be a genuine programme for reconciliation to bring in communal harmony. It is for us

Sri Lankans to change the constitution or not. Mrs Gandhi has no business to tell us,” Silva said in a statement.

Reaffirming India’s support for the Sri Lankan Tamils, Sonia Gandhi last week said New Delhi would continue to press Colombo for constitutional amendments to ensure equal rights and status to ethnic minorities in the country.

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