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Rajapaksa for political solution to Tamils issue

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has vowed to eliminate terrorism from his country, but asserted that the government stands for a political solution to the issue of the ethnic Tamils.

world Updated: May 04, 2009 16:55 IST

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has vowed to eliminate terrorism from his country, but asserted that the government stands for a political solution to the issue of the ethnic Tamils.

During a meeting with visiting Special Envoy from Japan Yasushi Akashi on Saturday, Rajapaksa stressed on the need to defeat the LTTE and its leader Prabhakaran to eradicate terrorism from the island nation.

The President said he was firmly committed to ensuring that all the people of the country live together in friendship and harmony.

He said that his government is also committed to freeing the Tamil citizens who remained being held as hostages by the Tamil Tigers.

Rajapaksa welcomed assistance from friendly countries that appreciated the need to eradicate terrorism from Sri Lanka, for infrastructure development and other such needs to resettle the Tamil civilians who fled from the LTTE-controlled territories.

He assured that the resettlement would be done in the shortest possible time.

Meanwhile, the Japanese envoy commended the measures taken by the Lankan government "to provide food, shelter, medicine and other essentials to the civilians under trying circumstances due to the sudden influx of such a large number of people".