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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2527

India displeased over attempts to de-merge Sri Lanka's North East

Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 07 October, (Asiantribune.com): India has intimated its displeasure over attempts made by several Sri Lankan political parties to de-merge the North and East, according to Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (Tamil National Alliance) Parliamentarians who visited New Delhi, India recently.

ITAK General Secretary Mavai Senathirajah told Asian Tribune that during their series of high level meetings with top Indian officials including National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan, it was observed that India was of the view that the North and East should continue to be merged, and they were not pleased with the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) attempts to break the 1987 Indo-Lanka accord which saw the merger of the two provinces.

"India expressed its unhappiness over the recent developments in Sri Lanka with regard to de-merging the North East including the extent gone by some of these political parties who have also filed a fundamental rights petition in the Supreme Court seeking the
de-merger," Mr. Senathirajah said.

The ITAK delegation led by the party's parliamentary group leader R. Sampanthan, also included Mavai Senathirajah, Gajendra Ponnambalam, Selvam Adaikalanathan and Suresh Premachandran.

The TNA MPs met with India's national security advisor M.K. Narayanan, former Indian High Commissioner to Colombo Shiva Shankar Menon and Minister of State for external affairs E. Ahamed

- Asian Tribune -

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