Jaishankar asks TNA to go easy on its demands

  • Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar has asked the Tamil leadership in Sri Lanka to continue negotiating a political solution with the government, without being fixated on the demand for merging the island’s northern and eastern provinces.
  • Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan briefed Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar on pressing issues faced by the Tamil people, including the lack of progress on the release of military-occupied land by the government and lingering concerns about enforced disappearances and detained Tamil political prisoners.

Background

  • Sri Lanka is drafting a new Constitution, but the country’s minority Tamils are worried about the pace of the exercise.
  • With a section of Sinhalese lawmakers in the south opposing any increase in the power shared with provinces, the process appears to have hit a major roadblock.
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