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India promises support to a negotiated political solution

[b]India promises support to a negotiated political solution to Lanka ethnic strife[/b]

By M Rama Rao – Reporting from New Delhi

[b]New Delhi, 31 December (Asiantribune.com):[/b] Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse returned home from a four day state visit to India after offering prayers at the historic Krishna temple at Guruvayur in Kerala and with the New Delhi would help strengthen the fragile ceasefire despite the limited role it visualizes for itself in the peace process per se.

India conveyed to him that it stands for 'consensus and convergence of views' between Colombo and them LTTE and for factoring in the concerns of various ethnic groups and development of the Tamil dominated north-eastern region so as to ensure a lasting political settlement should takes into account various ethnic groups and development of the Tamil dominated north-eastern region.

Sri Lanka president did not seek any specific involvement by India in the peace process. He only sought support in strengthening the peace efforts and curbing violence. This assurance he seems to have secured going by what the officials have said in background briefings and by the tone of the joint statement that was issued at the end of the visit.

New Delhi appreciates that devolution is a process and its interest lies in all political forces in Sri Lanka thinking in terms of devolution. India has a certain stake in ensuring peace in the island nation.

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