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TNA To Meet Diplomats Indian FM to visit Sri Lanka

[The Sunday Leader.lk, Sunday, 1 January 2012 12:06 No Comment]

By Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema

Indian External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka this month.

Diplomatic sources confirmed the impending visit to The Sunday Leader and said the date and duration of Krishna’s visit is yet being finalized.

The Indian External Affairs Minister last visited Sri Lanka in November 2010.

During his visit, Krishna is expected to meet with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and representatives of the TNA to discuss the progress in the talks between the government and the TNA in finding a political solution to the ethnic issue. It is learnt that Krishna would impress upon President Rajapaksa the need to find a political solution based on the devolution of power as outlined in the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.

Diplomatic sources told The Sunday Leader that Krishna would discuss issues related to bi-lateral relations including the ethnic issue.

The TNA meanwhile, has firmly called on the government to allocate land and police powers to the provinces.

The government has rejected this request and the TNA is to commence a campaign to meet with the diplomatic community to inform them of the progress made in the talks between the government and the TNA and the need for land and police powers to the provinces.

TNA legislator Suresh Premachandran told The Sunday Leader that many party MPs were out of Colombo in their constituencies and would commence meeting the diplomatic community when they return to Colombo.

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