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MR Looking For Diaspora Support

Feb 22, 2011 7:58:15 PM - thesundayleader.lk

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has told editors of media institutions in the country that the government wanted to win over at least half of the Tamil Diaspora that has been critical of the government.

The local media reported to today that the President had made this comment in response to question posed to him on the government’s plan to counter the allegations leveled against him by the Tamil Diaspora.

He has said that while every member of the Diaspora would not support the government, it would be sufficient if at least half of them understood and supported the government.

President Rajapaksa has said that he also planned to get some of Diaspora members to visit the country and understand the progress that has been made.

The President has also said the Joint Working Group, which has been assigned the task of resolving the present crisis between the Sri Lankan and Indian fishermen, needed to come up with a sustainable solution soon.