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'World won't allow hostilities in Lanka'

Army chief JJ Singh said Indian Govt too would not allow hostilities to break out between SL Govt and Tigers.

india Updated: Jan 13, 2006 21:13 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

The international community will not allow hostilities to break out between Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels and government forces, India's army chief said in New Delhi on Friday.

"I personally feel the world would not be encouraging active hostilities in any part of the globe," Gen JJ Singh told a news conference ahead of Army Day that is observed January 15.

"The LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) will be pressurised to continue on the route of dialogue and find a peaceful solution (to the crisis)," Singh said in response to a question whether he expected war to break out in the island.

A Norway-brokered ceasefire in Sri Lanka is currently under great strain after a string of attacks on the armed forces by the Tamil Tigers left around 70 military personnel dead since the start of December.

The chief of the Indian Army's Southern Command, Lt Gen BS Thakkar, last month visited strategic areas in Sri Lanka's north beyond which lie areas held by the LTTE.

Singh noted that the Indian government too was monitoring the situation in Sri Lanka and would want to ensure that "the outbreak of hostilities is avoided".

First Published: Jan 13, 2006 21:13 IST