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India doesn’t want Lanka refugees: Govt

The government today said it was the responsibility of the Sri Lankan government to provide relief to the people displaced due to violence there.

india Updated: Oct 24, 2008 00:41 IST
Nagendar Sharma

The government on Thursday said it was the responsibility of the Sri Lankan government to provide relief to the people displaced due to violence there.

Responding to members’ queries in the Rajya Sabha, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said India did not want Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka. “We will not like influx of refugees to Tamil Nadu because of a situation over which we have no control. It is your (Sri Lanka’s) responsibility to provide food, shelter and medicine to your displaced people,” Mukherjee said. Political adviser of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be in India by the weekend to discuss the issue, he said.