India today welcomed the talks held between the Sri Lanka Government and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). Although it is well known that the talks will end up with nothing positive and government will never implement anything promised. Rajapakshe government is run by Sinhale racist and President appointed the person who opposed the provincial council as its minister in charge which proves that the president is against 13th amendment. interestingly the PM Mahinda Rajapakshe who promised 13+ when he was the president never implemented even the 13th amendment.
For the last two years government did not talk to the TNA or take any steps to implement the 13th amendment of the current constitution but promises to look in to it now.
The Government have had suspects for more than 10 years without any trial but will look in to it now.
Government accused of making the missing people including the members who surrendered with white flags since 2009 are missing but government promises to look in to it now.
The government have forcefully taken control of lands from Tamils but have not released all and have promised to look in to it now.
External Affairs Minister (EAM) Dr. S. Jaishankar met a delegation from the Tamil National Alliance led by R. Sampanthan during his visit to Sri Lanka.
The TNA delegation briefed the EAM of the latest developments, focusing on the 25 March meeting between the Government and the TNA. They conveyed that the issues of release of political prisoners, land utilization, missing persons, 13th Amendment implementation and diaspora investment were discussed in the meeting.
Earlier, the Sri Lankan Government’s engagement with the TNA also came up during EAM’s call on President Gotabaya Rajpaksa. The EAM received a more detailed understanding on this subject from Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris later in the evening.
On his part, EAM welcomed in all these interactions the positive developments regarding the issues on the Government-TNA agenda. He emphasized that the Government of India was consistently supportive of the realization of the aspirations of the Tamils of Sri Lanka for equality, justice, peace and dignity within the framework of a united Sri Lanka.
The contribution of India’s development partnership to economic recovery in the North and East was also recognized in all the meetings. EAM expressed particular satisfaction at the virtual inauguration of the Jaffna Cultural Centre that he did along with the Prime Minister.
The EAM separately met Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Douglas Devananda. They discussed issues pertaining to fishermen and exchanged views on devolution.