India for sooner Lanka reconciliation process

India today said that Sri Lanka can come to a political arrangement within which all the communities feel comfortable and which works for all of them, the better.

New Delhi: Hailing the commencement of a dialogue for national reconciliation in Sri Lanka, India on Thursday said it would be better that an arrangement is worked out sooner wherein all communities feel comfortable and promised to support such a process in whatever way it can.
Making a suo motu statement in the Lok Sabha, External Affairs Minister SM Krishna said India is of the view that the end of conflict in Sri Lanka provides an opportunity to pursue a lasting political settlement within the framework of
a united country, acceptable to all the communities, including Tamils.

"It has to be kept in mind that this is a long-standing issue and Sri Lanka is going through its internal processes, including structured dialogue between the government and representatives of Tamil parties," he said.

He said sooner Sri Lanka can come to a political arrangement within which all the communities feel comfortable and which works for all of them, the better.

"In this context, the commencement of a structured dialogue on pursuing a political solution for national reconciliation as well as reconstruction and development is a
laudable development," Krishna said.

"We will do whatever we can to support this process," he said.

Referring to the questions raised over the conduct of the war in Sri Lanka in which LTTE was defeated, Krishna said India has taken note of a report issued by a panel of experts constituted by the UN Secretary General but made it clear that
"presently, our focus should be on the welfare and well-being" of Tamils in that country.

PTI

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