: The Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, has assured the DMK that India will study the implications of any changes to the 13{+t}{+h}Amendment to Sri Lanka’s constitution and communicate its views to the island nation.

In a reply to DMK president M. Karunanidhi’s letter of June 3 voicing apprehensions over attempts to dilute the 13{+t}{+h}Amendment, the Prime Minister said that though it was a matter in which a decision would be taken by political parties in Sri Lanka, India would certainly consider its implications. Dr. Manmohan Singh said the Union government had consistently worked for all communities, including the Tamils, in Sri Lanka to find their rightful place and live in harmony.

“We will continue to work for the attainment of this goal through a process of national reconciliation in Sri Lanka,” the letter said.

Mr. Karunanidhi, in his letter, had sought India’s intervention in implementing the Rajiv Gandhi-Jayewardene accord of July 1987.

He alleged that the attempts being made by Sinhala extremist groups to get the 13{+t}{+h}Amendment repealed and the Indo-Sri Lanka accord abrogated were reminiscent of the tendency of the Sinhalese to disown agreements.