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Strengthen truce with LTTE: India tells Lanka

india Updated: Aug 03, 2006 16:17 IST
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India has conveyed to Sri Lanka that any escalation of violence in that country will undermine the ceasefire reached with LTTE and urged it to make all possible efforts to revive the political dialogue to move the peace process forward, Rajya Sabha was informed on Thursday.

"While reaffirming commitment to the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka, Government of India has emphasised to Colombo the need to make all possible efforts to strengthen the ceasefire and to revive the political dialogue in order to move the peace process forward," Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed said in a written reply.

"The government of Sri Lanka has conveyed that war is not an option and that it remained committed to a political solution to the ethnic issue," he said.

India has also conveyed that any escalation of violence will not only undermine the ceasefire but also result in civilian casualties.

"The Government of India will continue to press for a politically-negotiated settlement of the ethnic issue which is acceptable to all sections of Sri Lankan society," the minister said.

He said during discussions the Indian Foreign Secretary had with the Sri Lankan leadership, both sides reiterated the high priority that they attach to expansion of bilateral cooperation in all spheres.

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