Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa held talks with Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on the sidelines of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and discussed the rehabilitation and devolution of power for the Tamil minority in the island.
“President Rajapaksa also referred to the situation within Sri Lanka and mentioned the continuing discussions on the issue of devolution. But, the large focus was on what is being done for the rehabilitation of internally displaced people, and he quoted the figure of about 3,000 who now continue to remain in the camps compared to the 300,000 when the war ended,” Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai said addressing the media regarding the duos meeting.
Mathai added, “He also noted the resettlement process was underway as well as the electrification of the northern region. The Power and Energy Minister who was also present, mentioned that the electrification programme was making very good progress.” (ANI)