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Wednesday, 25 April 2012 - 19:13
Indian Opposition Leader says 13th amendment was discussed
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Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said today that during her recent meeting with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa she discussed devolution of powers to provinces, as envisaged in the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.

Sushma Swaraj, who led an all-party parliamentary delegation to Colombo for a first-hand assessment on the post-war situation in the country, told journalists that she urged President Rajapaksa to hold negotiations with the Tamil National Alliance to resolve the grievances of Tamils.

The Leader of the Opposition called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday evening and briefed him on the 12-member delegation's six-day visit to Sri Lanka.

National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon and Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai were present during the meeting.

Swaraj also said the decision of India to vote in favour of the US-sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Commission was raised by Sri Lankan leaders but said the hosts were informed that the resolution only talked about the need for the Sri Lankan government to implement the recommendations of the LLRC.

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