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Indian FM To Visit SL

Aug 26, 2010 1:12:03 AM - thesundayleader.lk

Indian Foreign Minister S. M. Krishna has said he would be visiting Sri Lanka by August-end or the first week of September, Indian media has reported.

The Indian media has reported that the Indian government has said it was continuously monitoring the relief efforts in Sri Lanka following concern expressed by Tamil Nadu MPs over the proper utilization of aid sent by India for rehabilitation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sri Lanka.

“Doubts have been expressed whether the beneficiaries are receiving the aid sent by India. We are heavily dependent on the assessment given by International Red Cross and the UNHCR… We are continuously monitoring the situation on the basis of periodic assessments,’’ Krishna has said in reply to a calling attention on the rehabilitation of Sri Lankan Tamils.

Times of India has stated that he has rejected a demand by members of AIADMK, CPI, CPM and MDMK to send an all-party parliamentary delegation to Sri Lanka, adding that New Delhi had impressed upon Colombo to work towards a “just and fair settlement’’ of all outstanding issues involving Sri Lankan Tamils.

Tamil MPs have expressed concern over the plight of IDPs and asked the government what it intended to do as the money and relief material sent by India was not being spent properly.

Maintaining that Premier Manmohan Singh had raised the issue during the recent visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse, Krishna said, “We will stay engaged with Sri Lanka” on issues relating to building further on the 13th amendment adopted by Sri Lankan Parliament which gave effect to devolution provisions of the Indo-Lanka Accord of July 1987.