India won`t rest till implementation of 13th amendment: P Chidambaram

India on Saturday asserted that it would not rest till the Sri Lanka implemented the 13th amendment and insisted on an "elaborate, independent and genuine probe" acceptable to the international community into the `genocide` by that government during 2009 civil war.

PTI| Last Updated: Dec 01, 2013, 01:11 AM IST

Chennai: India on Saturday asserted that it would not rest till the Sri Lanka implemented the 13th amendment and insisted on an "elaborate, independent and genuine probe" acceptable to the international community into the `genocide` by that government during 2009 civil war.

"There are attempts being made there for not implementing the 13th amendment in the Sri Lankan Constitution. Efforts are being made to dilute many provisions by the Rajapaksa government. TNA (Tamil National Alliance) is opposing it... the 13th amendment cannot be diluted. India has been and will continue to insist for its implementation," Finance Minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said.

Addressing a party meeting to explain the government`s stand on the Lankan Tamils issue here, he said LTTE chief V Prabakaran and thousand others would have survived if the LTTE and Lankan government had heeded India`s words.
"None can deny that there was genocide. We will continue to exert pressure on the Sri Lankan government for an elaborate probe. I call upon the people of India, including Tamils here to support the government`s efforts to protect the 13th amendment, while Lankan government is trying to not implement it," he said.

Referring to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s decision to stay away from the Commonwealth summit in Colombo earlier this month, he said it was a "shock treatment" to Lankan President Rajapaksa.

He accused the Lankan government of not following up on the functions of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Committee and not punishing the guilty in the genocide, despite having constituted it.

India has been consistently insisting for implementation of 13th amendment. "It is only because of India, countries are aware of the developments in Sri Lanka and that`s how Canada decided to boycott the Commonwealth summit," he said.

Referring to an invite extended by CV Wigneswaran, the Chief Minister of Sri Lanka`s Northern Province to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, he said, "The invite is still open. There are chances that our Prime Minister will go to Jaffna and hold talks with him. If he visits Jaffna, it would amount to a visit to Lanka.

There are chances that Lankan President Rajapaksa would change his mind."

Contending that is not an "easy task" to fight for minority rights in another sovereign country, which is also a neighbour, he asked "Are we saying it is right to fight for a separate land for Mizos or in Kashmir or in Manipur."