India appeals to Sri Lanka to ensure safe exit of civilians

As Sri Lankan troops mounted a major offensive against the LTTE, India on Tuesday asked Colombo to ensure safe exit of thousands of civilians trapped in the war zone.
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Updated on Apr 21, 2009 09:34 PM IST
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PTI | By, Patna

As Sri Lankan troops mounted a major offensive against the LTTE, India on Tuesday asked Colombo to ensure safe exit of thousands of civilians trapped in the war zone.

“I have appealed to the Sri Lankan authorities to facilitate the return of civilians to a secure zone,” External Affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters in a brief interaction at the airport in Patna.

Ignoring the 24-hour deadline by the Sri Lankan government to LTTE chief V Prabhakaran to surrender, the Tamil Tigers are continuing to fight the government troops putting in jeopardy the security of the civilians.

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