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India for a political settlement in Lanka: Antony

india Updated: Jan 18, 2009 19:44 IST

Denying the charge by certain political quarters that India was supporting military action against Tamil rebels in Sri Lanka, Defence Minister AK Antony on Sunday said the country wished for a political settlement to the ethnic strife in the island nation.

"We are for a political and humanitarian approach for a permanent solution to the issue. The allegations that India is extending support to military action is baseless," he told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

The Sri Lankan Army has recaptured about 95 per cent of area where the Tamil rebels were running a parallel administration for decades.

On strains in India-Pakistan relations over terrorism, he said Pakistan should take action against terrorist networks operating in that country.

"Mere promises will not help. The Pakistan Government should take strong action against terrorist elements in their soil," he said.

On uncertainties over the Kochi Metro Rail Project, Antony said he would do all he could to ensure that the dream project of Kerala became a reality.