India rejects mediator role for TNA – Sri Lanka


Highly placed Indian sources reiterated on Friday that the Indian government would not play the role of mediator of talks between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) but ‘help create a platform for talks to take place.’ Expressing ‘serious concern’ over the delay in the two parties arriving at a mutually agreeable stand towards a political solution to the national issue, the source maintained however that following the ‘very successful’ tour of the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to India last week, The Indian government was very keen that a resolution is arrived fast, and would do its ‘best’ to ensure that this was achieved.

These sources were ‘hopeful’ that unwarranted political concerns by minority parties would be overridden by the greater need for reconciliation and a peaceful resolution to be arrived soon.

Mahinda’s three day visit to India and high level one-to-one discussions between the Indian counterparts was however followed immediately with a TNA team ‘invited’ to New Delhi for talks on the situation.

It is very reliably learnt that New Delhi has expressed its satisfaction at the government’s handling of the post war development issues in the North and the East and commitment to implementing the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report.

It is also learnt that India had pledged its support at the upcoming Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on human rights taking place in Geneva on November 1, crucial to the government’s future engagements with the international community.


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