Sri Lanka pledges 'political solution' in war-torn north

[ AFP ][ Mar 29 17:12 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has pledged a "political solution" for the island's war-torn north, where ethnic minority Tamils have long demanded greater autonomy. During a two-day visit to the Tamil heartland of Jaffna, Wickremesinghe also repeated his government's promise of national reconciliation six years after the island's ethnic war ended, his office said in a statement on Sunday. "If you want a stable and secure country, we must have a political solution (with Tamils) and move forward," Wickremesinghe said in an address in the Jaffna peninsula on Saturday and released by his office in the statement. [ full story | comments ]

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