Lanka parties to protest against Indian interference: Report

Last Updated: Sunday, May 22, 2011 - 16:18

Colombo: Two Sri Lankan political parties are planning to protest against India`s interference in the internal matters of the country over amending constitution and probing human rights abuses, according to media reports.

The pro-government Patriotic National Movement (PNM) and the opposition Jathika Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) are to protest what they have alleged Indian interference in Sri Lanka, the `Sunday Times` said today.

The protests are a reaction to last week`s joint statement by India and Sri Lanka at the end of the Lankan external affairs minister GL Peiris` visit to New Delhi.

The joint statement was a strong Indian intent in Sri Lanka, the `Sunday Times` said and added that "this document displays sadly how the Sri Lankan minister has succumbed to the heavy breathing down his collar."

What has irked the Sri Lankans most is the Indian call for genuine reconciliation.

"GL Peiris should not have agreed to the joint statement. We do not need to listen to a foreign country to resolve a dispute in our country," Gunadasa Amarasekera of the PNM told the daily.

Amarasekera said they will hold protest, public seminars against Indian demands as they are a violation of Sri Lanka`s sovereignty.

JVP parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake said, "India can`t advise Sri Lanka to change its constitution. It is an internal matter".

Meanwhile, the external affairs ministry said that Peiris is to undertake a similar mission to China tomorrow aimed at shoring up support against the UN special panel report on Sri Lanka.

PTI




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