Krishna in Lanka,may announce more aid

Foreign Minister S M Krishna will hand over the first set of 50,000 houses and 10,000 bicycles to Tamils displaced by war and inaugurate a railway link between Galle and Colombo

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: January 16, 2012 3:29 am

Foreign Minister S M Krishna will hand over the first set of 50,000 houses and 10,000 bicycles to Tamils displaced by war and inaugurate a railway link between Galle and Colombo that has been repaired with India’s help as he starts his four-day tour of Sri Lanka Monday.

Krishna is also expected to announce Rs 1,300 crore for building more houses in northern part of the nation,which bore the brunt of the war against the LTTE. Krishna will review progress of an India-assisted project for building 50,000 houses for the war-displaced people.

The two nations are likely to sign at least four agreements in the areas of housing,railways,agriculture and telecom. The issue of fishermen straying into each other’s waters will also be discussed.

Krishna,in his discussions with counterpart G L Peiris and President Mahinda Rajapaksa,is expected to stress on the need for “genuine national reconciliation” and devolution of authority to find a lasting solution to the decades-old ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka.

During his visit,Krishna will visit Jaffna,Kilinochchi,Galle and the Indian Peacekeeping Force Memorial located outside Colombo.

He will also meet representatives of the Tamil National Alliance to discuss the progress in their talks with Colombo over the proposed devolution of powers.

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