Rajapaksa invites Indian industrialists to SL

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Colombo, May 29: Getting at the task at hand after the victory over the rebel group, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that his government will devise and implement a 'homegrown' solution to the resolve the ethnic tension between the Tamils and Singhalese.

He also invited Indian industrialists to contribute to the development of the Island nation as the security situation will be radically different now that the war against LTTE is over.

"The India-Lanka accord led to the 13th amendment to the Sri Lankan constitution. In that way the homegrown approach covers the position of India, too. This time, a political solution will be devised after taking every shade of Sri Lankan opinion into consideration," Rajapaksa told 'The Week' in an interview.

"Since peace is in the interest of Sri Lanka, we have to sit down and decide on its content ourselves," he added.

Rajapaksa also said he has fought 'India's war' by eliminating the rebel outfit the assassinated former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi 18 years ago. He added that the war was waged on behalf of the South Asian campaign against terrorism.

Affirming the importance of what comes after a war, the president said the next responsibility of the troops is relief operations and rehabilitation of the displaced people in the north and northeast.

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