India pressing Lanka, LTTE to stop war: Chidambaram
India was putting pressure on Sri Lanka to 'stop the ongoing war' in the neighbouring country, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said and expressed hope that the Lankan government and the LTTE would agree to stop the hostilities.india Updated: Apr 12, 2009 20:37 IST
India was putting pressure on Sri Lanka to “stop the ongoing war” in the neighbouring country, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Sunday said and expressed hope that the Lankan government and the LTTE would agree to stop the hostilities.
“A few days ago the Prime Minister, the External Affairs Minister, myself, the National Security Advisor and the Foreign Secretary held a discussion and we have made some strong demands to Sri Lanka. We have pressed the Sri Lankan Government to stop the war,” he told reporters in Karaikudi.
“It is not a mere request to the Sri Lankan government to stop the war. It is more than that..we have said there is a need to stop the war,” he said in this town, which forms part of his Sivaganga Lok Sabha constituency.
“At the same time we are also pressing the LTTE to stop the war. I hope our request will yield fruit. If there is no result, the Sri Lankan government and all the people living in that country will be affected in a big way,” he said.
He requested the people of Tamil Nadu to have faith in the action taken by the Central Government and support it.
In an indirect dig at PMK, he said, “After being part of the Central Government for four years and eleven months, and supporting all its actions, some people say that the Central Government did not do anything to solve problems of the Tamils in Sri Lanka. This is strange and absurd.”
Dumping the UPA, the PMK recently switched over to the AIADMK camp, striking an alliance with it for the Lok Sabha polls.
First Published: Apr 12, 2009 20:28 IST