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India still wants devolution of powers

2014 Aug 19

The Indian Government says it has followed a principled approach towards the situation in Sri Lanka, especially in respect of implementation of the LLRC recommendations, devolution of powers and progress towards a meaningful political settlement.

Indian High Commissioner to Colombo Y. K. Sinha, in an interview with The Sunday Leader, said that India hopes that the opportunity provided by the end to armed conflict in Sri Lanka, and subsequent positive developments such as the holding of elections to the Northern Provincial Council, can be utilized to ensure reconciliation and lasting peace and prosperity.

This, he says, in turn will not only enhance the bilateral relationship but also promote peace, justice, equality and self-respect for all minorities, including the Tamil people, in Sri Lanka.

“The need for national reconciliation through a political settlement has been reiterated by India at the highest levels. India’s consistent position is in favor of a negotiated political settlement, which is acceptable to all communities within the framework of a united Sri Lanka and which is consistent with democracy, pluralism and respect for human rights,” he said.

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