Your Ad Here Your Ad Here

Jackson fans' tribute at Apollo

Friday, October 17, 2008

New Delhi won’t toe TN line, says Lanka

P K Balachandran | ENS
First Published : 17 Oct 2008 07:54:02 AM IST
Last Updated : 17 Oct 2008 09:06:38 AM IST

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Thursday said it was positive that India would not intervene and stop the ongoing military operations against LTTE terrorism in the northern part of the island nation.

Sri Lankan Minister for Media Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said he was “confident” New Delhi would not agree to Tamil Nadu’s demand to interfere in the fight against the Tigers because India stood for the elimination of terrorism.

On Tuesday, the Tamil Nadu government served a two-week ultimatum on the Centre to effect a ceasefire in Sri Lanka and stop arms supply to it. A resolution adopted at an all-party meeting warned that MPs from the State would have to resign if the Centre failed to act on the demands.

Amid Tamil Nadu’s pressure on the Centre, Abeywardena said “all future actions” of the Sri Lankan government on the ethnic issue would be based on the “full awareness” of India’s political stand and the importance of friendly relations between the two countries.

He said there was unanimity of view between Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Indian government on eliminating terrorism and finding a lasting solution to the ethnic problem by political means.

As the Lankan government continued to pressure the Tigers, the pro-LTTE Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO) appealed to the government to stop bombing the A9 highway, the motorable highway in the Wanni that is known as the main supply route (MSR).

Mankulam is on this highway and is being attacked with artillery and aerial bombs. The TRO said in a report that the destruction of two bridges had stopped food convoys. However, the government’s contention is that these bridges were destroyed in the monsoon and had been repaired.

No comments: