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President invites Indian lawmakers to see the ground reality

Jul 23, 2011 2:03:37 PM - itnnews.lk

President Rajapaksa has invited all the Indian Parliamentarians, not only the Central government but also other areas including the Tamil Nadu to visit Sri Lanka’s north to see the ground reality.

In an interview with the Indian newspaper The Hindu, the President said he asked his High Commissioner in India and he had conveyed his invitation to Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to visit Sri Lanka. The President said if she is not ready or is busy, she can send a parliamentary team. She can speak to the Central Government and he was ready to accept that. Parliamentarians, not only from Tamil Nadu but also from other areas, the whole of India, can visit the North and see for themselves.
The President told the newspaper that the Road Map to finding a 13th Amendment Plus political solution will take the Tamil question in Sri Lanka to a Parliamentary Select Committee. This Committee will look into it and propose suitable constitutional amendments and then on to Parliament.
Asked about complaints that the armed forces were expanding their footprint in Jaffna and other Northern districts Mr. Rajapaksa queried as to what was going on in Iraq? How many years have passed; they have not settled any problem there. How many military people are there? A commission was appointed to look into this after five years. The President clarified that it was not invading troops that are stationed in the North. He said even in the South they had army camps. The President noted that he appointed the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission as soon as the war was over.
Asked about the allegations of human rights violations, and especially about Channel 4′s Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields President Rajapaksa responded: it is a film.” He underscored that it was not a true document.