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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

India condemns Colombo suicide bombing incident,

[b]India condemns Colombo suicide bombing incident, Pranab phones President Rajapakse to offer solidarity[/b]

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

[b]New Delhi, 26 April, ( [/b]India has expressed shock at the suicide bombers targetting the Sri Lanka army chief and reiterated that political dialogue and not violence was the answer to the problems facing the island nation.

The Indian defence minister Pranab Mukherjee, who has held a meeting of the cabinet committee on political affairs in the absence the prime minister who is away on a two-nation tour of Germany and Uzbekistan, telephoned Sri Lanka President and conveyed Delhi's strong condemnation of the Colombo incident.

Strongly condemning this 'brazen' act of terrorism, Mukherjee said it is India's firm conviction that violence is not the answer to any problem and that political dialogue is the only way to resolve outstanding issues. He expressed India's solidarity with the Government and people of Sri Lanka in this difficult hour.

President Mahinda Rajapakse appreciated India's gesture and thanked India for the support and solidarity shown.

Only on Monday, New Delhi voiced deep concern over the recent escalation in violence in the eastern part of Sri Lanka. It hoped Colombo and the LTTE would commence talks soon and take the stalled peace process forward.

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