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Wickremesinghe acknowledges India's support for peace process in Sri Lanka

READY TO TALK: The former Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe, with External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi on Thursday.  

NEW DELHI: Sri Lankan Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday conveyed to the Indian leadership that the "unstable" government in Sri Lanka was not capable of taking the peace process forward effectively. During his meetings with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and External Affairs Minister K. Natwar Singh, the former Sri Lankan Prime Minister said a minority government was ruling the island nation. "Certainly, such a government is not capable of taking the peace process forward effectively. Therefore, a new, stable government fortified by a fresh mandate is a prerequisite for advancing the stalled Norwegian-brokered peace process," he said.

The Sri Lankan leader acknowledged India's support for the peace process and said the India- Sri Lankan relationship could be developed into a model that could serve as an example for the other neighbours in the region to emulate.

Mr. Wickremesinghe called on Dr. Singh at his official residence in the morning and later joined the lunch hosted in his honour by Mr. Natwar Singh. The Prime Minister and Mr. Wickremesinghe discussed the future of the ongoing peace process with separatist Tamil Tigers.

Mr. Wickremesinghe, who arrived here on Tuesday evening to deliver the Eighth Dinesh Singh Memorial Lecture on "Peace Process in Sri Lanka," also held discussions with the former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan. — UNI