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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

Sri Lanka's expert panel snubs Indian jaunt

Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 31 October, ( The expert panel, tasked in finding a solution to the country's ethnic problem had shot down an offer to travel to India on grounds that it had much more important work to do instead of going on foreign jaunts.

An invitation was extended to the expert panel and the All Party Representatives Committee by Indian Minister in charge of the Panchayat Affairs Mani Shankar Aiyer, during his recent visit to Sri Lanka to study India's system, its devolution process and the Panchayat Raj.

The panel members were of the view that they could carry out more work while in Sri Lanka, and if they really wanted to know about the Indian devolution system they could do so by reading about it or contacting people there instead of resorting to travelling to that country to study about its system. The panel had however noted that depending on the necessity, they might take up the offer to visit India later on.

Meanwhile, a 15 member All Party Representatives Committee accepted the invitation to study the Panchayat Raj. The team was scheduled to return to the country on Sunday, during several meetings between top Indian officials and this committee; the Indians had assured the Sri Lankan delegation that India was ever ready to help Sri Lanka in finding a solution to the ethnic conflict through a negotiated settlement.

The committee's chairman Minister Prof. Tissa Vitarana said that "By studying the devolution process and mechanisms in India we hope to work out a solution to our country's problem which can then hopefully be the basis for a solution to the national question," Prof. Vitarana said.

- Asian Tribune -

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