Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), June 22 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, held talks with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the sidelines of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and discussed the rehabilitation and devolution of Tamil minority in the island nation.
Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai said that Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa updated Dr. Singh on the current rehabilitation plans with the figure of refugees awaiting resettlement falling from 3,00,000 to 3,000.
The (Sri Lankan) President 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 3000 who now continue to remain in the camps compared to 3,00,000 when the war ended, said Mathai.
He also noted that the re-settlement process was also underway and electrification of the northern region, the power minister being present mentioned was also making very good progress, he added.
Mathai also briefed the media on Dr. Singh's meeting with Nepal Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai.
Referring to the internal situation in Nepal, Prime Minister Bhattarai noted that on the what is called the peace process and integration there had been great progress and the issues had been more or less settled, but the drafting of the Constitution was not completed by the May 27 deadline and hence they had no option, since the Supreme Court had said that the Constituent Assembly could not be extended, so the decision was to seek another election, said Mathai.
As far as our (Indian) Prime Minister is concerned, he reiterated that India wants the success of democracy in Nepal and he expressed the hope that all parties who would show the wisdom to work together so that acceptable arrangements are made to complete Constitution making process on time, he added. (ANI)