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India very serious about political solution; Swaraj

[DailyMirror, Saturday, 21 April 2012 08:15 No Comment]

imagesThe Indian parliamentary  delegation, upon conclusion of its visit to Sri Lanka , said that India is ‘very  serious’ about a political solution to the Tamil national question , and urged the government of Sri Lanka and the Tamil National Alliance to resume political dialogue  as early as possible. “We are very very serious about a political solution,” she said.

Addressing a packed press conference, India’s opposition leader Sushma Swaraj who led the Indian delegation, said that she asked President Mahinda Rajapaksa to persuade the TNA and the UNP to join the proposed parliamentary select committee.

“We are very very serious about a political solution,” she said.

The opposition leader speaking in response to India’s vote against Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council, said that the resolution only asks for the implementation of the recommendations by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission which she called “Sri Lanka’s baby”. She queried as to how asking Sri Lanka to implement recommendations of its own mechanism could be an unfriendly act.

Commenting on the resettlement process of the IDPs Swaraj said that they witnessed an improved situation in the resettlement process of Internally Displaced Persons in the Sri Lanka’s north, but said that there are significant numbers of IDPs in transit camps of host families.

“Our task will not be complete till they return to their orginal homes.” Swaraj said at a news conference held at the Taj Samudra Hotel, in Colombo. (Kelum Bandara)

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