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Don’t fire in the safe zones: Pranab urges Lanka

[TOI, Sunday, 8 February 2009 10:24 No Comment]

pranap Maintaining that India has no sympathy for the terrorist organization LTTE, external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said the Sri Lankan forces should make a distinction between LTTE and Tamil civilians and not fire at ‘safe zones’.

At a Congress conclave here, Mukherjee said India has been demanding extradition of LTTE chief V Prabhakaran every year.

"We have no sympathy for LTTE which is a terrorist organization. It has been banned here, in Sri Lanka and many other parts of the world," he said at the conclave which was attended by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

He said India has asked the Sri Lankan government to ensure that Tamil civilians do not get victimized in the fight between security forces and LTTE.

"Please make a distinction between LTTE and Tamil civilians," Mukherjee said addressing the Sri Lankan government.

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