Saturday, April 25, 2009

India had not called for a ceasefire: Lalith Weeratunga

India had not called for a ceasefire during the talks the Sri Lankan government had with its emissaries in Colombo, said President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga.

Indian National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan and External Affairs Secretary Shivshankar Menon met President Mahinda Rajapaksa and other top government officials yesterday (April 24).

Mr. Weeratunga has said that the provision of relief for civilians fleeing the ‘no fire zone’ in Mullaitivu had been discussed and nothing about the LTTE. Neither had they spoken about pressure being exerted on Colombo by European nations or India, he has said.

Meanwhile, the Indian External Affairs Ministry said the emissaries had expressed concerns over the evolving situation in the North during the talks, especially over the casualties among Tamil civilians as a result of ongoing operations.

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