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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2589

India expressed reservation on playing active role in the conflict in Sri Lanka

Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 12 October, (Asiantribune.com): India has expressed its reservations in playing a more 'active' role in Sri Lanka to bring about a settlement to the two-decade-long ethnic conflict. This was intimated to several Tamil political leaders by top Indian officials including its national security advisor M.K. Narayanan and Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahamed when
they visited New Delhi recently.V. Anandasangaree: "The Indian officials were of the view that they did not want to burn their fingers a second time around."V. Anandasangaree: "The Indian officials were of the view that they did not want to burn their fingers a second time around."

Visiting political leaders, Tamil United Liberation Front Leader V. Anandasangaree, People's Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam's (PLOT) D. Sithadthan and T. Sritharan of the Eelam People's Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) had continued to persuade India to take on a more pivotal role to bring about a solution to the ethnic conflict. However, the Indian officials were of the view that in the event of there being a broad based consensus in the country on what the solution should be to the problem, India will whole-heartedly back Sri Lanka, but will not take on an active role to bring about such a consensus.

"The Indian officials were of the view that they did not want to burn their fingers a second time around," Mr. Anandasangaree told the "Asian Tribune."

The Sri Lankan political leaders had also emphasized to India the significant political developments between the country's two main political parties, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the United National Party.

"I emphasized to them that this was one of the most positive results in Sri Lankan political history. Despite the increasing number of incidents between Sri Lankan security forces and the LTTE, Sri Lanka is now coming closer to a solution," he added.

- Asian Tribune -

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