Solution to problem in Sri Lanka lies in devolution of power: Mukherjee

March 1st, 2009 - 9:14 pm ICT by ANI  

Kolkata, Mar 1 (ANI): Union External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said that the military option would not solve the Lankan issue and implementation of the 13 th amendment to the Sri Lankan constitution would be a significant step to bring a political solution to the ethnic problem in Sri Lanka.

This amendment will entail devolution of powers in the island nation.

Ultimate solution to the ethnic problem lies not in the military success but in the proper devolution of power. India and Sri Lanka had made an agreement in 1987, which followed the 13th amendment to the Sri Lankan constitution. This amendment should be effectively implemented through the recommendations of the high power committee consisting of all party representatives, set up by the President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Mukherjee said on the sidelines of international conference.

Pranab Mukherjee had earlier said humanitarian crisis has been building up and it is very essential for the Sri Lankan government to accord a safe passage to the civilian population.

Mukherjee reiterated Indias demand seeking cooperation from Pakistan to nab culprits behind Mumbai terror attacks.

We have already stated that Pakistan is committed bilaterally and internationally. They should fulfill their commitments by dismantling the terror infrastructure on its soil. The perpetrators of Mumbai terror attacks should be brought to justice, the Foreign Minister said.

He, however, refused to comment on the recent massacre in Bangladesh, saying that it was an internal matter of that country.

We want the development, peace, stability in all our friendly countries, and of course, in Bangladesh. I wish success to the elected government of Bangladesh, Mukherjee added.

There was a two-day mutiny by Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel over pay demands. (ANI)

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