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'Lanka situation beyond bleak'

world Updated: Dec 19, 2010 02:24 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis
Sutirtho Patranobis
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A senior Indian bureaucrat had warned the US that the situation in Sri Lanka was bad, even beyond bleak two years before the civil war between government troops and separatist Tamil rebels ended in May, 2009, a cable released by Wikileaks has revealed.

The same cable revealed that India wanted US to make an assessment of the port that China was building for Sri Lanka in Hambantota. In a cable dated, April 27, 2007, then joint secretary Mohan Kumar is quoted by US diplomats as saying: “the situation in Sri Lanka is “bad, really bad — beyond bleak”. The discussion was held in New Delhi.

Kumar told the diplomats that neither the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam nor the Lankan government had any regard for the international community’s opinion. “Characterising the government and the LTTE as two sets of people with scant regard for the international community, Kumar was skeptical that political progress could be achieved anytime soon,’’ it said.

In the 2007, the armed forces and the LTTE were locked in a pitched battle in eastern and northern Sri Lanka. The LTTE was pushed out of the eastern province soon after.