Colombo: Tamil National Alliance, an umbrella
group of Tamil political parties, on Monday complained to External
Affairs Minister SM Krishna`s about Lankan government`s
"lethargic" attitude in talks for evolving a political
solution to the ethnic crisis and sought India`s help for
A delegation of leaders of TNA led by its Parliamentary
Party Chief R Sampanthan met Krishna, who arrived here on a
four-day visit, and said "no progress" has been achieved
during the dialogue that the group has been holding with the
Sri Lankan Government for the past one year.
Sources said the Minister assured the delegation that
India is firmly committed to ensuring political settlement,
including devolution of powers, to address the aspirations of
Tamil community and will discuss the matter with the highest
levels of the Sri Lankan government.
During a 45-minute meeting, the TNA leaders told Krishna
that India should play an "active role" in taking the process
forward to arrive at a political solution to the decades-old
"The talks with the Indian Foreign Minister were cordial.
We briefed him about the talks we have been holding with the
Sri Lankan Government. We can`t say that any progress has been
made in the past one year and this is because of the lethargic
attitude being adopted by the government here," Sampanthan
said after the meeting.
He said Krishna gave a patient hearing to them and said
India would take everything into consideration.