NEW DELHI, May 19 (Xinhua) -- India said Tuesday it
would send special envoys to Sri Lanka while providing 5 billion rupees (100
million U.S. dollars) worth of aid to help in the rehabilitation of Tamil
civilians displaced in the war, reported the private Indo-Asian News Service.
Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee
told reporters that "the rehabilitation of the Internally Displaced Persons" was
urgently needed, said the news service.
He also said India was also looking at the Sri Lankan
government to ensure a "political solution to fulfill the legitimate aspirations
of the ethnic minorities including the Tamils", according to the report.
"A package of 5 billion rupees which will be required
for rehabilitation is under preparation. When our special envoys will be
visiting Sri Lanka shortly, they will discuss it in detail," the report quoted
Mukherjee as saying.
He said the Indian government has already sent 1
billion rupees(20 million U.S. dollars) while the state government of Tamil Nadu
government has also announced relief aid of 250 million rupees (5 million U.S.
Mukherjee added that India has always been in favor
of a "political solution" to the ethnic crisis in Sri Lanka.
"Political solution includes devolution of power,
participation in election and have the full rights of citizen of Sri Lanka. Of
course, while maintaining the territorial integrity and within the framework of
the Sri Lankan constitution," he was quoted as saying.
Mukherjee had spoken to Sri Lankan President Mahinda
Rajapaksa Monday, after the official announcement of the killing of Tamil Tigers
chief Velupillai Prabhakaran.
In a statement issued earlier, Indian External
Affairs Ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash said: "India will work with the people
and government of Sri Lanka to provide relief to those affected by the tragic
conflict, and to rapidly rehabilitate all those who have been displaced,
bringing their lives to normalcy as soon as possible."
The spokesman said, "It is our view that as the
conventional conflict in Sri Lanka comes to an end, this is the moment when the
root causes of conflict in Sri Lanka can be addressed."