India to convey views on 13th Amendment issue after considering implications: PM

Last Updated: Tue, Jun 18, 2013 11:40 hrs

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, today said India would convey its views on alleged attempts by political parties in Sri Lanka to repeal the 13th Amendment to its Constitution, after considering its implications.

Dr. Singh in his letter to DMK supremo M. Karunanidhi said, "While this is a matter on which a decision will be taken by various political parties within Sri Lanka, we will certainly consider its implications and make known to the Sri Lankan authorities our views in the matter."

"We will continue to work for attainment of this goal through a process of national reconciliation in Sri Lanka," he added, while observing that the Central Government had consistently worked for all communities in Sri Lanka to find their rightful place in the country.

Karunanidhi had written to the Prime Minister, and expressed apprehensions over 'attempts' to abrogate the Rajiv-Jayawardene Accord and repeal the 13th Amendment to the Lankan constitution and sought India's intervention to protect the rights of ethnic Tamils in the island nation.

He had said the amendment was a direct consequence of a bilateral accord between India and Sri Lanka.

As per the 13th Amendment that followed the Indo-Sri Lankan Accord of July 1987, the Sri Lankan Government had agreed to devolve some authority to the provinces. (ANI)

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