Basil heads to New Delhi

Economic Affairs Minister Basil Rajapaksa left for New Delhi today for crucial talks with the Indian government, an official said.

The talks will focus on government moves to dilute the 13th Amendment to the constitution, a move which has angered several political parties in India especially in Tamil Nadu.

Rajapaksa is expected to meet External Affairs Minister Salman Kurshid and National Security Advisor Shivashankar Menon during his two day visit to India.

Khurshid in a phone conversation with his Sri Lankan counterpart G L Peiris in May had stressed that Colombo should not unilaterally move against the 13th Amendment.

The tinkering of the 13A, a by product of the Indo-Sri Lankan Accord of July 1987 to try and resolve the ethnic conflict, is being attempted ahead of the provincial council elections in in the north in September. (Colombo Gazette)

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