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'S Africa could cooperate with India in resolving Lanka crisis'

world Updated: Aug 02, 2009 09:40 IST

The South African government could cooperate with India in resolving the humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka, Deputy Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim has said.

Ebrahim was the chief guest at a fund-raising dinner organised by the Tamil Federation of Gauteng in Johannesburg on Saturday to send humanitarian aid to tens of thousands of Tamils currently housed in camps on the island nation following a military offensive that wiped out the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) earlier this year.

The minister said Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa had been advised by the South African government that there was "a window of opportunity" to have a political solution to the international question of Sri Lanka.

"My ministry and that of the president's are going to put our heads together to see what kind of engagement we can engage in and what type of engagement we can have with India, for instance, who is saying now that the LTTE is not there, that maybe they could play a bigger role in the solution of the problem," he said.

Ebrahim said although South Africa was a small country, its role in the African continent was recognised by Rajapkasa as having an impact at international fora.