As the deadlock in the reconciliation talks continues in Sri Lanka, a seven-member delegation of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), led by R Sampanthan, arrived in Delhi on Wednesday at the invitation of foreign minister S M Krishna. The TNA had pulled out of talks in January after the Lankan government came up with the proposal that further negotiations be carried out through a Parliament Select Committee (PSC).
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has declared that the talks - of which 18 rounds had taken place before January -- will remain suspended until the TNA joins PSC. India took up the issue with the Lankans during Rajapaksa's recent visit to Delhi, insisting that talks must resume, and described TNA as a credible alliance.
The delegation is expected to call on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Krishna. "They will also exchange views with national security adviser Shivshankar Menon and foreign secretary Ranjan Mathai," MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.
"India has been involved in a substantial manner in rehabilitation and resettlement efforts of internally displaced persons and the reconstruction process in northern Sri Lanka. It has been widely acknowledged that our assistance in Sri Lanka in the areas of housing, de-mining, education, public health and connectivity has helped restore a degree of normalcy in the area,'' Akbaruddin said.
"The visit is part of our continuing engagement with the government and political parties in Sri Lanka in regard to the process of reconciliation and meaningful devolution through which Sri Lanka seeks to secure for all its citizens a future marked by equality, dignity, justice and self-respect,'' he added.
Courtesy – The Times of India