India provides power-sharing document
Samaraweera holds talks in New Delhi
Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera who arrives
in New Delhi today will meet his Indian counterpart to discuss the
current crisis in Sri Lanka, diplomatic sources said.
Mr. Samaraweera is arriving for the ministerial
meeting of economic bloc BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral
Technical and Economic Cooperation) but will hold talks with his
counterpart on the sidelines of the two-day conference starting
tomorrow, the sources said.
The Sunday Times learns the Indian government
has urged Sri Lanka to maintain the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) while
strengthening the political process and cautioned that the CFA might
break down in the absence of negotiations.
In an effort to strengthen the political process,
the Indian government which had already offered expertise.
on constitutional matters, last week provided
detailed documents on matters of sharing power.
Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner Romesh Jayasinghe
confirmed to The Sunday Times that the documents which also included
judicial cases on the subject had been provided and dispatched to
Colombo. He said the documents had been submitted to the expert
group set up under the All Party Conference (APC).
Mr. Jayasinghe said the Government has so far
not sought any assistance of constitutional experts. Among the documents
submitted is the Sarkaria Commission report on sharing power between
the centre and the regions.
On Friday, an Indian Foreign office spokesman
said India believed that war was not an option to resolve the Sri
Lankan crisis and that the political process should be expedited