India expressed its concern over of the lack of any measurable progress by the Sri Lankan government on its commitment towards reaching a political solution on the Tamil issue. at the 51st session of the Human Rights Council,
urging its crisis-hit neighbour to fully implement the 13th Amendment and hold provincial council elections at the earliest. It said it had always pushed for “justice, peace, equality and dignity” of ethnic Tamils through a political settlement within the framework of a united Sri Lanka.
The 13th Amendment provides for devolution of power to the minority Tamil community in the island nation, which India wants to be implemented. It was brought in after the Indo-Sri Lankan agreement of 1987, but the Sinhala majority hardliners of the ruling SLPP want a total abolition of the island’s provincial council system established back then.
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UN human rights chief Austrian Volker Türk
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