India asks Sri Lanka to respect 13th Amendment


India has called on the Sri Lankan government to respect the agreement reached between both countries and first discuss any changes bilaterally before going ahead with such changes.

Indian Minister of State V. Narayanasamy has told the BBC Sandeshya that India however is not putting undue pressure on the Sri Lankan government with regards to the 13th Amendment. He has said India is against diluting the powers in the 13th Amendment to the constitution which came about through the Indo-Lanka accord in 1987.

The Indian Minister has also noted that as the 13th Amendment was part of a joint agreement, any changes being made should be first discussed between both countries. Narayanasamy has recalled that Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa had assured to India the full implementation of the 13th Amendment.