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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 74

New Delhi turns down TNA demand to interfere in Sri Lankan affairs

By Our Colombo Correspondent Prasad Gunewardene

[caption id="attachment_131" align="alignright" width="150" caption="India's Foreign Minister S.M.Krishna"]India's Foreign Minister S.M.Krishna[/caption]

Colombo, 13 June, ( India's new Foreign Minister S.M.Krishna has reportedly turned down a request from Tamil National Alliance delegation led by R.Sampanthan to urge Colombo to stop the restoration of military camps in the North, and to merge the Northern and Eastern Provinces of the island nation, reports from New Delhi said.

Sampanthan had told Krishna that Colombo was in the process of setting up military camps in the North and warned that it would be detrimental to the interest of the Tamils living in those areas.

The Indian Foreign Minister had pointed out that he was informed that military camps that were defunct due to the threat of LTTE terrorism were being restored to strengthen security and India had no intention to fiddle with affairs concerning the security of the island nation.

He had also stated that the North and East of Sri Lanka had been de-merged on a determination made by the superior court of Sri Lanka and India had no right to interfere into judgments delivered by the Supreme Court of another neighboring nation.

[caption id="attachment_132" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="The TNA delegation consisting of R.Sampanthan, Kajenthirakumar Ponnampalam, Mavai Senathirajah and Selvam Adaikalanathan also met with BJP Leader Advani who is also the Leader of the Opposition"]TNA MPs met Advani[/caption]

The Indian Foreign Minister had explained to the TNA delegation that India's concern was the welfare of the internally displaced due to a terrorist war and all possible assistance would be afforded to Colombo to speed up the resettlement process.

The TNA which met India's National Security Adviser, M.K Narayanan earlier had been told to resolve any outstanding issue with the Colombo government.

Narayanan too had refused to intervene to merge the North and East provinces of Sri Lanka on a request by Sampanthan stating it was an interference into the internal affairs of a soveriegn state as well as its' independence of the judiciary.

- Asian Tribune -

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