Lankan violence may affect India: Navy chief

Admiral Arun Prakash has sounded a warning against taking the situation in Sri Lanka lightly.

india Updated: May 19, 2006 19:48 IST

Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Arun Prakash on Thursday sounded a warning against taking the situation in neighbouring Sri Lanka lightly and said violence there could have an impact on India.

He was speaking at the launch here of a "Maritime Security Programme", a series of studies to examine the emerging maritime security environment in the Indian Ocean, by policy research outfit Observer Research Foundation (ORF).

He also released an ORF document, "Sri Lanka: Peace Without Process", on the occasion.

Commenting on the island nation, Arun Prakash said: "Things have regrettably taken a turn for the worse in Sri Lanka and violence rears its ugly head once again.

"The unfortunate island nation may be plunged into a state of turmoil and conflict, and as immediate neighbours we need to keep a close watch on events as they unfold, lest they have an impact on our affairs".

"The situation in Sri Lanka is dynamic," the naval chief warned, adding that "any opinions expressed or conclusions that are drawn may need review in the light of developments that are rapidly taking place".

He was referring to the breakdown of peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

The renewed conflict between the Sri Lankan armed forces and the LTTE has seen an influx of nearly 400 refugees in the 1,000-km long Tamil Nadu coast in the last three months and added to the security risk of the Indian coast.

First Published: May 18, 2006 15:22 IST