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India has not laid claim to Kachchativu: Peiris

[Hindu, Thursday, 1 December 2011 13:03 No Comment]

Kachchativu is an integral part of Sri Lanka and it has always been so, the External Affairs Minister G L Peiris said in Parliament on Wednesday.

He was quoted in Sri Lankan media as saying that the Indian government has not made any claim on Kachchativu Islands and both Sri Lankan and Indian governments consider this issue as a settled matter.

“The 1974 agreement signed between the two governments formally confirmed Sri Lanka’s sovereignty over Kachchativu island,” the Daily News said, quoting him.

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