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Friday, September 07, 2012 - 8.32 GMT
Ensuring safety of Lankans visiting TN

Indian government's response is positive President


We are pleased with the Indian government's assurance to ensure the safety of Sri Lankans visiting Tamil Nadu, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.

"There were several incidents of this nature in the recent past that are isolated incidents by small groups with certain political agenda," President said at a meeting to apprise editors on the forthcoming 58th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Sri Lanka.

While appreciating Indian government's assistance to assure the security and safety of the 184 Sri Lankan pilgrims, President said the foreign policy of a country is a prime responsibility of the central government and not states, and Sri Lanka deals with the central government and not with any states.

"We are in discussion with the Indian government to assure security of our people," he said.

President appreciated the Indian media for taking a clear position against these incidents.

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference will give a positive image of the country to those who are attending it, President said.

UNP MP John Amaratunga representing the Opposition said they will render the fullest cooperation to the Commonwealth conference and will make every effort to enhance the image of the country.

"We do not need to be little our own country before the international community," he said.

Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa said a 70-member delegation from the Indian Parliament headed by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar will attend the conference.

The 58th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference will be held from 7th - 15th September in Colombo and it is expected that around 800 delegates from 54 Commonwealth and associated countries will attend.

Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa said President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is the Vice Patron of the CPA will participate in the opening session as the chief guest.





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