|earlier. India will be assisting in the resettlement and rehabilitation process and we are committed to helping in the demining activity which must be the first step to permit the safe return to home of the IDPs.
3. We also discussed issues relating to the course of political events in Sri Lanka. I was assured that it is the intention of the Government of Sri Lanka to implement the proposal which would be an advance on the 13th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution, which you would recall was designed to devolve considerable power to the Sri Lankan provinces.
4. During this conversation I stressed that following the cessation of active hostilities in Sri Lanka there is an opportunity to make a new beginning and to build a better future for all the peoples of Sri Lanka and therefore for the region as a whole.
5. I also took this occasion to reiterate the need to strictly adhere to the understanding reached in October 2008 on matters relating to fishing. The Sri Lankan Government clarified that it does not contemplate putting up any military structures at Katchchativu.
6. I also requested the delegation that as a humanitarian gesture, the Sri Lankan Government allow the ship Captain Ali to off load the relief items on board meant for IDPs in Northern Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan delegation kindly agreed to our suggestion and these would now be routed to Sri Lanka through the Indian Red Cross.