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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 108

India remains non-committed on direct involvement

[b]India remains non-committed on direct involvement in Sri Lanka's peace process.[/b]

By M Rama Rao - in New Delhi

[b]New Delhi, 29 December ([/b] India has remained non-committed on President Mahinda Rajapakse's suggestion for its direct role in the peace process. The Sri Lanka president held a one-on-one meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and briefed him about his assessment of the current status of the peace process. The issue dominated at the delegation level talks as well since reports from northern Sri Lanka are causing concern here in Delhi and in Washington as well.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his aides utilised the talks to send out a strong signal that India favours restarting the stalled peace process and that there should be no violence or violation of the ceasefire.

"Talks aimed at strengthening the ceasefire should begin at the earliest", an official spokesman from the Indian side told reporters at the end of the talks at the Hyderabad House.

New Delhi, the spokesman said, was deeply concerned at the escalation of violence and the repeated violations of ceasefire.

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