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India shows concern over abortion of Lankan talks

New Delhi underlined that the ethnic issue in Sri Lanka must be resolved through peaceful dialogue.

india Updated: Jun 09, 2006 21:54 IST

Deeply concerned over abortion of a proposed meeting between Sri Lanka government and LTTE, India on Friday expressed the hope that the dialogue process would be resumed at the earliest to help avoid "any further worsening" of the situation in the island nation.

New Delhi underlined that the ethnic issue in Sri Lanka must be resolved through peaceful dialogue and in this context, any weakening of the role of Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) is likely to have "adverse consequences".

Talks called by peace broker Norway to discuss Sri Lanka's faltering ceasefire failed to take off as planned yesterday as Tamil Tigers staged a boycott.

"The government of India is deeply concerned over the failure of the proposed meeting between the government of Sri Lanka and representatives of the LTTE aimed at strengthening the role of the SLMM and ensuring the security of its members," External Affairs Ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna told reporters in New Delhi.

He said India appreciates the willingness of the Sri Lankan government to engage in the talks and expressed hope that "the dialogue process would be resumed at the earliest in order to avoid any further worsening of the situation."

India has supported the role of the SLMM and believes it has made "a significant contribution to the maintenance of the ceasefire and in preventing and limiting the violations of the ceasefire, which have, unfortunately, become more frequent in the recent past", Sarna said.