India wishes for settlement of issues between displaced Tamils and Sri Lankan Govt.: Krishna

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New Delhi, Aug.25 (ANI): External Affairs Minister S.M.Krishna on Wednesday said that India intends to see a settlement of all pending issues between the internally displaced Tamils of Sri Lanka and the Government of Sri Lanka.

Krishna noted that Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, during his recent visit to New Delhi, and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had talked about the need of developing 'a meaningful devolution package'.

"Our endeavour is to see that a just and fair settlement of all outstanding issues between the Sri Lankan Tamils and the Sri Lankan government will be arrived at, so that there is amity, peace and harmony amongst the people of Sri Lanka," said Krishna.

T. R. Baalu, a member of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party, had raised questions in Parliament on the distribution of monetary aid sent to Sri Lanka for the Tamils living in camps.

In reference to the question, Krishna said: "We will continuously monitor the happenings on that (assistance and aid) front. I would like to reiterate that the assistance that is given by India is to the beneficiaries.

Let us not forget that we are dealing with a friendly government. Sri Lanka is a country friendly to India."

He also informed that the International Red Cross Society and the United Nations are jointly monitoring the aid.

Tamil Nadu state government had assisted Sri Lanka with 250,000 family packs, which were distributed to the displaced persons.

Mahinda Rajapaska was re-elected as President of Sri Lanka in January after he ended a 25-year-old bloody civil war by defeating the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

India had earlier offered Sri Lanka 100 million dollars to enable the war refugees return home and help rebuild the country's ravaged north region. (ANI)

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