The Indian Government had over the weekend said it wants to see police powers devolved to the Tamil provinces in Sri Lanka according to the countries constitution. But the President Mahinda had said NO to implement the countries constitution in full which gives some rights to the minority Tamil community. In May 2009 more than 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed by the Sri Lankan forces which made Sinhala leader receive more Sinhala votes.
He intend to not to give equal rights to the Tamil community hence receive the Sinhala support. President is closely associated with the Sinhala extremist groups which wants Sri Lanka to be another Burma.
India said 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.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa today insisted that police powers will not be devolved to the provinces under any circumstances.
The President said this when he met a group of foreign correspondents based in Colombo at Temple Trees this morning. Rajapaksa said that all the provincial councils are already enjoying the authority to administer their respective areas. However he said police powers will remain in the hands of the Government.
He has the support of China and Russia and is now challenging the western countries who wants the countries constitution in full.
Indian High Commissioner to Colombo Y. K. Sinha, in an interview with The Sunday Leader, had 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