The Government of Sri Lanka is rapidly moving towards repealing the provisions governing the President through the 19th Amendment to the 20th Amendment. India’s concern is not the new reforms but the 1987 bilateral agreement, which could be a risk in the changed political circumstances. To fulfill the aspirations of Sri Lankan Tamils for justice, an agreement was signed between India and Sri Lanka in 1987, after which the 19th Constitution was amended. With China now occupying Sri Lanka politically and economically, the question is who is hinting at this reform.
When Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa visited India in February this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated that Sri Lanka needs to complete the 19th constitutional amendment. After the Maithripala Sirisena government came to power, the UNHRC passed a resolution in October 2015 with the support of Sri Lanka, ordering an investigation into war crimes committed by Sri Lankan security forces and the LTTE during the civil war.