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Press Trust Of India
Colombo, December 28, 2010
Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar, who is on a three-day visit to Colombo to strengthen Indo-Sri Lankan defence cooperation, today paid homage to the Indian soldiers who were killed during the fight with LTTE in the late 1980s. Kumar, who arrived here yesterday, offered floral tributes at the Sri Lankan government built monument near Parliament in honour of around 1200 soldiers of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF).

These soldiers were killed in the fighting in the island nation's north and east.

India had sent its troops to maintain law and order in the north and east of Sri Lanka after two countries entered the Indo-Lanka agreement which was aimed at resolving the island nation's ethnic conflict in 1987.

Kumar held talks with his counterpart Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday and the two sides agreed to start annual defence dialogue between them. He also met External Affairs Minister G L Pieris.

Besides, Kumar is scheduled to call on President Mahinda Rajapksa during his visit to Colombo.