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Cong for political settlement of Lankan Tamils` problem

With India and Sri Lanka discussing the issue of rehabilitation of displaced Tamils, the ruling Congress today demanded that the ethnic problem should be settled politically.



New Delhi: With India and Sri Lanka
discussing the issue of rehabilitation of displaced Tamils,
the ruling Congress today demanded that the ethnic problem
should be settled politically.

"The Prime Minister has raised the issue of
rehabilitation of the internally displaced Tamils in Sri Lanka
strongly (during his talks with visiting Sri Lankan President
Mahinda Rajapaksa)," party spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan
told reporters here.

"There should be devolution of powers to Tamils and
there should be a political settlement to the problem (of
ethnic strife). We are demanding that they (Sri Lanka) do all
these things," she said.

Natarjan parried a query about the allegation of the
misuse of funds collected from donors to help last year`s
flood victims in Karnataka saying she has no idea about who is
responsible for it and the the question should be asked to the
AICC in-charge for the state.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka unit of Congress today said it
has constituted an inquiry committee to look into allegations
of misuse of funds and a report would be sent to the party
high command on the issue, which has been raised by the ruling
BJP and opposition JD(S).

Asked about the issue of black money in Swiss banks,
Natarajan said she is confident that the government will take
a call on it.

PTI

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