India calls for fair elections

The Indian government says it hopes the Northern Provincial Council elections next month will be held in a free, fair and credible manner.
India’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Y.K. Sinha said that India has also conveyed to the Sri Lankan government its views on the recent political developments and looks forward to further steps that facilitate the process of national reconciliation.
Sinha said this in a message today to mark India’s 67th Independence Day anniversary.
He said that India has emphasized the need for  adhering to the commitments made by the Government of Sri Lanka to India and the international community on a durable political settlement in Sri Lanka.
India wants “meaningful” devolution of powers in Sri Lanka to ensure all citizens of Sri Lanka, including the Tamil community feel they are equal stakeholders and are able to lead a life marked by equality, justice, dignity and self respect, he said.
The High Commissioner said that the end of the armed conflict presents an unparalleled opportunity to build a better future for all the people of Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)