Mukherjee tells Lok Sabha: No military solution to Lanka conflict
2008-10-22 18:34:47

India’s External Affairs Minister told parliament today that New Delhi was concerned about the situation in Sri Lanka and believed there was no military solution to the ethnic conflict.

“What is required in Sri Lanka is a peacefully negotiated political settlement within the framework of a united Sri Lanka, respecting the legitimate rights of minorities including the Tamil community,” Mukherjee said.

He said the situation in Sri Lanka was of serious concern to the Indian government, in particular the deteriorating humanitarian situation and the growing number of internally displaced people.

“We have emphasised to the Sri Lankan government that the safety and the security of civilians must be safeguarded at all costs and that food and essential supplies be allowed to reach them unhindered,” he said in a move to assure Tamil Nadu MPs who have vowed to quit parliament unless New Delhi intervenes to stop the fighting in Sri Lanka by October 29.

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