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Sri Lankan Minister to invite Manmohan Singh for CHOGM in November


Suhasini Haidar,CNN-IBN
Aug 19, 2013 at 10:38am IST

New Delhi: Sri Lankan Foreign Minister GL Peiris will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday to invite him for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo in November. However, the DMK on Saturday had warned of rail blockades and black flags on houses and commercial establishments across Tamil Nadu if the Prime Minister does not refuse the invitation.

When asked about the DMK's opposition to the Prime Minister attending the meet, Peiris said, "It is for us to invite. We are inviting him with all the sincerity and would like him to come."

Months after India voted against Lanka in UN resolution, he hopes that the Prime Minister will participate in the the meeting as the relation between the two countries have improved to that that extent.

DMK president M Karunanidhi had on Saturday warned of rail blockades, black flags on houses and commercial establishments across the state if the Prime Minister did not declare that India would not participate in the CHOGM meet.

In a statement, Karunanidhi, referring to Peiris' proposed visit to India had said, "The Prime Minister without neglecting Tamils' demand should categorically and openly declare that India will not participate in the meet."

He had said the Lankan government has lost credibility in the international forum and it is trying to dilute the provisions of 13th amendment to its constitution.

The 13th amendment in the Sri Lankan constitution was carried out with Indian backing in the 1987 to ensure autonomy to provinces and by extension to the Tamils in the island's north and east.

But the regime of President Rajapaksa has threatened to dilute its provisions, causing dismay in India.

"At the very least, India must stay away from the CHOGM to be held in Colombo and, thereby, exert pressure on Sri Lanka to do justice by its hapless, much exploited Tamil Minorities," Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had said in a letter to the Prime Minister.

(With additional inputs from PTI)

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