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Political solution only way out in Lanka, says Pranab

India today expressed concern over the latest turn of events in Sri Lanka, particularly the air raids by LTTE over Colombo, and appealed to the government and the militant organisation to come to a peaceful negotiated settlement. It also said unless there was a congenial and peaceful atmosphere, attacks and counter-attacks would continue.

india Updated: Feb 21, 2009 20:40 IST

India on Saturday expressed concern over the latest turn of events in Sri Lanka, particularly the air raids by LTTE over Colombo, and appealed to the government and the militant organisation to come to a peaceful negotiated settlement. It also said unless there was a congenial and peaceful atmosphere, attacks and counter-attacks would continue.



"An LTTE plane has been shot down. This is of concern. Political solution has to be found to the LTTE issue and military action will not do," External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukhjerjee, told reporters on Saturday.

Maintaining that "a political solution is the only way out, he said "The two sides should sit across the table for a negotiated settlement of the issue.

"And, for that a congenial and peaceful atmosphere has to be created. Till that is not forthcoming, attacks and counter-attacks will continue to hit the country.

Stating that India's stand was 'very clear', Mukherjee said, "we are concerned. We are concerned for the huge Sri Lankan Tamil population who have been caught in the crossfire. They are being killed and their normal life is seriously affected." He said India would appeal to Colombo to ensure that the rights of the minority Tamils were protected.

Mukherjee was here for a credit camp of UCO Bank at Raghunathganj, 60 km from Berhampore, in Murshidabad district.