Thu, Apr 19, 2012, 12:03 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.Apr 18, Colombo: While the president of DMK, the Indian government coalition partner from Tamil Nadu, suggested India to take up efforts in the United Nations to hold a referendum in Sri Lanka for creation of a separate Tamil Eelam, the Indian parliamentary delegation has urged Sri Lanka's major Tamil party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to find a solution within a united Sri Lanka.
Congress MP Manicka Tagore has said the delegation has firmly told TNA leader R. Sampanthan that a solution to the grievances of Tamils should be found only within a united Sri Lanka, a PTI report said.
The TNA leader has agreed with the Indian view but has complained to the delegation that the government is moving lethargically on the power devolution process.
The Indian delegation led by the opposition leader of Indian parliament Mrs. Sushma Swaraj has assured the TNA that they would stress the need for devolution of powers to the Northern and Eastern provinces with President Mahinda Rajapaksa when they meet him on Saturday.
The delegation has asked the TNA to resume the r their dialogue with the government and find a solution to the issue quickly.
During a meeting with the deputy leader of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) Sajith Premadasa, the delegation has urged that without any delay the people in the north and east must be given the solution that they need to be given with the consent of all parties.
Premadasa has emphasized to the Indian delegation that any solution to the issue need to be within a united and undivided Sri Lanka.
The delegation has reaffirmed India's commitment to Sri Lanka's unity and called for progress in the dialogue for a political settlement when they met the Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa yesterday.