Responding to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay's oral update on Sri Lanka, India Thursday asked the government of Sri Lanka and the major Tamil party Tamil National Alliance (TNA), to engage constructively to address the Tamil issue.
Delivering its response at the 24th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, India said it would encourage the government and the Tamil party to engage constructively, "in a spirit of partnership and mutual accommodation so that the needs of the people of the Northern Province are addressed with a sense of urgency and purpose."
"Such a cooperative approach will pave the way for a broad-based, inclusive and meaningful reconciliation and political settlement," India said.
While recalling that the High Commissioner has recognized the government's achievements in the fields of reconstruction, demining, and settlement , India pointed out that the High Commissioner has also underlined the need for a more "holistic" approach to address the immediate needs of the people in the region to achieve genuine reconciliation and lasting peace.
India issuing a statement following the conclusion of Provincial Council elections said the Sri Lankan government has honored its commitment to the international community to hold elections to the Northern Provincial Council.