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India expressed its concerns over the situation in the North of Sri Lanka

New Delhi, 18 October, (Asiantribune.com): Indian Prime Minister in a telephone conversation with Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapakse expressed deep concern over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the North of Sri Lanka, especially of the plight of the civilians caught in the hostilities.

A press release by the Indian Prime Minister’s office after the telephone conversation with Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakese revealed that Indian Prime Minister has reiterated that the safety and the security of these civilians must be safeguarded at all costs. The Prime Minister also said that, in order to address the humanitarian situation, continued and uninterrupted relief supplies be ensured for the Internally Displaced Persons.Mahinda Rjapakse - Dr.  Manmohan Singh: Indian Prime Minister  reiterated that there was no military solution to the conflict and urged the President to start a political process for a peacefully negotiated political settlement within the framework of a united Sri Lanka.Mahinda Rjapakse - Dr. Manmohan Singh: Indian Prime Minister reiterated that there was no military solution to the conflict and urged the President to start a political process for a peacefully negotiated political settlement within the framework of a united Sri Lanka.

The Prime Minister also has asked President Rajapaksa to instruct the Sri Lankan Navy to desist from firing on Indian fishermen and reiterated that killing of fishermen is unacceptable. Both the Leaders agreed to work on practical arrangements to prevent such incidents.

Given below the full text of the Press release by the Indian Prime Minister’s Office after the telephone conversation Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh had with Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse:
Prime Minister expresses deep concern on the situation in North Sri Lanka

President of Sri Lanka R Mahinda Rajapaksa telephoned Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today to discuss the recent developments in Sri Lanka.

During the telephonic conversation, the Prime Minister expressed his deep concern on the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the North of Sri Lanka, especially on the plight of the civilians caught in the hostilities.

He emphasized that the safety and the security of these civilians must be safeguarded at all costs. The Prime Minister also said that, in order to address the humanitarian situation, continued and uninterrupted relief supplies be ensured for the Internally Displaced Persons. President Rajapaksha assured the Prime Minister that all necessary measures are being taken to ensure the safety and well being of the Tamil community in Sri Lanka .

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh further mentioned that the rights and the welfare of the Tamil community of Sri Lanka should not get enmeshed in the on-going hostilities against the LTTE. He reiterated that there was no military solution to the conflict and urged the President to start a political process for a peacefully negotiated political settlement within the framework of a united Sri Lanka. He also emphasized the need to nurture the democratic process in the Eastern Province.

The Prime Minister asked President Rajapaksa to instruct the Sri Lankan Navy to desist from firing on Indian fishermen and reiterated that killing of fishermen is unacceptable. Both the Leaders agreed to work on practical arrangements to prevent such incidents.

- Asian Tribune -

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