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Sri Lanka denies Indian pressure

The head of the Sri Lankan delegation currently in talks with the Tamil National Alliance has denied it is under pressure from India to devolve power to the provinces.

Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva told BBC Sinhala the agreement to discuss land and police powers, an ‘apparent u-turn’ from their previous position, has nothing to do with influences by other countries.

"No no no no, there was no pressure. Neither India nor other country can dictate how our country is governed," he said in response to a question by BBC Sandeshaya.

The government, he said, is "always prepared to discuss land and police powers as well as the re merger of the north and east."

Read report on BBC Sandeshaya here.

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