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Mukherjee to discuss Tamil issue with Sri Lankan leaders

[Hindu, Tuesday, 27 January 2009 14:00 No Comment]

capt.photo_1233043742421-1-0 Against the backdrop of Sri Lankan troops capturing the last Tiger bastion of Mullaittivu, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee will hold "frank and constructive" talks on the issues of mutual interest with the leadership here during his two-day visit beginning on Tuesday.


Mukherjee, who is coming here on Tuesday evening in response to an invitation, will meet President Mahinda Rajapaksa, a Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry statement said.


"Minister Mukherjee’s visit which takes place at a time of repeated successes in the security operations to free the civilian population from the terror of the LTTE, is in keeping with the tradition of regular, frank and constructive dialogue between India and Sri Lanka at the highest levels of political leadership, on important matters of mutual interest," it said.


Ahead of his departure to Colombo, Mukherjee made it clear that India has no sympathy for LTTE but said that civilian Tamils have to be prevented from becoming victims of the conflict in the island nation.


"We are for fight against terrorists and all sorts of terrorism. Therefore, we have no sympathy for any terrorist activity indulged in by any organisation, particularly LTTE (which) is a banned organisation in India," he told reporters in New Delhi hours before leaving for Sri Lanka.

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