Liam Fox meets Mahinda Rajapakse, Sampanthan
[TamilNet, Sunday, 30 August 2009, 11:35 GMT]
The government of United Kingdom (UK) is seriously involved in finding a
political solution to the legitimate aspirations of Tamils in Sri
Lanka and the early resettlement of the hundreds of thousands of
internally displaced as well as ensuring a better future for them, Mr. Liam
Fox, British Conservative Party parliamentarian, is reported to have
told President Mahinda Rajapakse when he met the latter on Saturday.
Liam Fox also met the parliamentary group leader of the Tamil National
Alliance (TNA) R. Sampanthan later the same day and conveyed the outcome
of the talks of he had had with President Rajapakse, the sources said.
Liam Fox had told Mr.Sampanthan that he had briefed the President during his talks that the legitimate rights of Tamil people should be safeguarded and the
IDPs now being held in Vavuniyaa camps should be resettled in their
own villages without any delay and that UK is prepared to assist Sri Lanka
in this regard.
Liam Fox assured R. Sampanthan that his party would contribute its
maximum for the betterment of Tamils in Sri Lanka and it would work
hard to see Tamils live with dignity if it comes to power.
Meanwhile, R. Sampanthan is said to have briefed Liam Fox and
sought his assistance to exert pressure on the Government of Sri Lanka
to resettle all IDPs now languishing in the internment camps in
Vavuniyaa without any further delay.