Sri Lanka to seek clarification on Sonia Gandhi’s statement calling for constitutional amendments

Apr 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Ministry of External Affairs will take appropriate measures to obtain a clarification on a statement made by the Indian Congress President and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi calling for amendments to Sri Lanka’s Constitution.

Indian leader, at an election rally in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday, said that India would continue to press Sri Lankan government for constitutional amendments to ensure equal rights and status to ethnic minorities in Sri Lanka.

“We are pressing the Government of Sri Lanka to make changes (in the Constitution) to ensure equal rights and status to Tamils,” she has said.

In response to a question over her statement at a media briefing today, the Minister of Environment and cabinet spokesman Anura Priyadharshana Yapa said the Congress leader has made this statement at an Election Rally, and the Ministry of External Affairs will take appropriate measures to obtain a clarification on this matter.

Ms. Gandhi made the statement in her first campaign meeting to show support the Congress ally DMK party leader Karunanidhi for the April 13 Assembly polls.

Sri Lanka’s issue of ethnic Tamils is a hot topic in Indian politics, especially during assembly polls in Tamil Nadu.

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