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Govt does'nt favour military solution to Sri Lanka problem

The Govt assures CPI that it does not favour a military solution to the ethnic problem in Sri Lanka, reports Sutirtho Patranobis.

india Updated: Jan 08, 2007 21:34 IST

The government on Monday assured its Left ally CPI that it does not favour a military solution to the ethnic problem in Sri Lanka.

Union External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee met CPI’s D Raja on Monday as part of the meetings the government has been having with the Opposition and its allies on the situation in India’s neighbourhood.

Raja had urged the government to send humanitarian assistance by dispatching food and other materials to the people of Jaffna and other Tamil-dominated areas and to also scrutinise whether they reach the needy.

He said Mukherjee briefed him on the relations with Pakistan where the government is pursuing the composite dialogue process. Mujherjee would be meeting President Pervez Musharraff and Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri when he visits Islamabad next week.

On Nepal, the minister told Raja that the government was watching the situation in the Himalayan Kingdom, which was in the process of bringing in an interim constitution. In Bangladesh, the current election process including the threatened boycott by Awami League and other parties was engaging government's attention, he said.

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First Published: Jan 08, 2007 21:34 IST