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Thursday, 11 September 2014 - 12:58
Open for a dialogue over 13th amendment with TNA : Sri Lanka cannot tolerate Tamil Nadu fisheries issue : President tells the Hindu.-Video
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said he is open for a dialogue with the Tamil National Alliance on the implementation of the 13th Amendment.

In an exclusive interview to The Hindu, President Rajapaksa denied reports that he was upset about the meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi had with six leaders of the TNA.

President said It was their right in a democracy “to meet anyone,

He hoped to meet Modi on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, if their schedules permitted, later this month.

In the interview, President Rajapaksa said he was grateful for India’s stand on the U.N. Human Rights Council vote, where New Delhi refused to endorse the demand for an inquiry by an international agency into allegations of “war crimes”.

President He also rejected concerns in India about the growing Chinese investment in Sri Lanka, even as he prepares for the visit of President Xi Jinping on September 16th, when the two countries are expected to sign a Free Trade Agreement.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa also said fishermen from India are destroying the environment by using massive bottom-trawlers, depleting all resources of fish, an act that cannot be tolerated.

Suggesting that Sri Lanka’s objection was more to the use of bottom-trawlers than to Indian fishermen crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line, President Rajapaksa said he had always believed that fish did not have borders and fishermen followed fish.

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