Sri Lankan minister criticizes India for power sharing call

Colombo, Sri Lanka (AP) – A Sri Lankan minister said on Thursday that India has no moral right to interfere in the country’s internal affairs by insisting on power sharing with minority Tamils ​​as New Delhi disarmed the separatist Failed to fulfill its obligations under the 1987 agreement. The rebels and Sri Lankans ensure an end to the civil war.

The comments in the Parliament of provincial councils minister Sarath Verasekara were seen as a response by the island nation to full implementation of constitutional provisions for power sharing with the Tamil minority areas of its Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month is.

In a phone conversation on September 27, Modi asked Rajapaksa to address the aspirations of the Tamil people for equality, justice, peace and honor within a united Sri Lanka… of the 13th amendment to the Constitution of Sri. With implementation. Lanka, ”according to a statement from the Foreign Ministry of Sri Lanka.

The Indo-Sri Lanka Agreement called for the development of power to the provinces and resulted in the 13th amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka, which created provincial councils with a degree of decentralized power. Verasekara is the minister in charge of the councils.

Verasekara said Rajapaksa had chosen last year not to criticize India’s state repeal for the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region as it was an internal matter, while Modi may have called for sharing power with the Tamils. Because India was a party to the first agreement with Sri Lanka.

“I have my reservations about the Indo-Lanka Agreement … did India give its share in that agreement?” Verasekar asked that India fail to ensure disarmament, end of hostilities and rehabilitation of displaced people.

“So there is a serious concern about the validity of the agreement and if it is not valid then I feel that India has no moral right to interfere in our affairs,” Verasekara said.

In 1987, India intervened to end civil war between Sri Lankan government forces and minority ethnic Tamil rebels. Sri Lankan Tamils ​​have family, linguistic and cultural ties with Tamils ​​in South India, and India was keen that the conflict in its neighboring country did not cause unrest in its region.

India sent a peace force to implement the agreement, but ended up fighting the rebels before returning home with heavy losses. In 1991, a suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber killed former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, who had signed the deal.

According to the United Nations, Sri Lankan government forces crushed the rebels in 2009, ending a 26-year civil war that killed at least 100,000 people

Successful Sri Lankan governments have promised India and the US that they will share more power with the Tamils ​​to ensure peace, but President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who was elected last November, has rejected the idea.