War with Pakistan not an option for India: Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe

"Cross border terrorism is a big issue (in SAARC) and we have to discuss how to tackle it. Don't think war is an option, your prime minister has taken a lot of steps to diffuse tensions," said Wickremesinghe

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:October 5, 2016 5:08 pm
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Condemning cross border terrorism that has affected India, Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe on Wednesday said that the issue can only be resolved through dialogue and war is not an option.

“Cross border terrorism is a big issue (in SAARC) and we have to discuss how to tackle it. Don’t think war is an option, your prime minister has taken a lot of steps to diffuse tensions,” said Wickremesinghe

 

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Wickremesinghe will address the opening plenary of the India Economic Summit in New Delhi tomorrow.  The Prime Minister’s statements came in the aftermath of the postponement of the SAARC summit in Islamabad after five countries pulled out with the reasoning that the environment was not conducive for the meeting.

He also made a series of statements on future plans on India-Sri Lanka relations. “There will be joint talks,1st there will be talks b/w fishermen associations on both sides(Indo-Sri Lanka),” he said.

Sri Lanka had pulled out of the summit on September 30th after four other countries including India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Bhutan had decided to drop out of it. India had pulled put of the summit citing the ongoing tensions between the India and Pakistan post the attack on Indian soldiers at Uri.

 

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    Satendra kumar
    Oct 5, 2016 at 2:51 pm
    The Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe statement does make a suggestion for India and stan war is not the option dialogue are necessary and the platform for this discussion are cross border terrorism and thier terrorist activities.These terrorist platform should be entirely dismantle.
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      irfan
      Oct 5, 2016 at 2:09 pm
      One wonders why international media is not convinced of India's claim of surgical strike across border, or as a matter of fact their army's capabilities
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        irfan
        Oct 5, 2016 at 2:01 pm
        The gentleman said "Saarc", by this he meant terrorism by India in sirilanka through Tamil tigers,
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          Dharmendra
          Oct 5, 2016 at 12:03 pm
          SRILANKA SHOULD NOT GET INTO CLOSER TIE WITH CHINA. BARING STAN WE SHOULD ALWAYS BE UNITED AND NEGOTIATE THE DIFFERENCES IF ANY. THAT IS GOOD TO PROTECT OURSELVES FROM INVADORS
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            din
            Oct 5, 2016 at 11:50 am
            MAKE NO MISTAKE IT IS NOT A WAR WITH STAN BUT WAS WITH TERRORIST SENT BY STAN media should be careful when they intentionally twist the talk
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              Kameng Dorjee
              Oct 5, 2016 at 3:00 pm
              Mr.Wickremesinghe most Indians already know what you are talking about but then if a mad rabid dog ( read stan ) continues to bark and threaten the peace, should the pest not be shown its place! What you preach Indians, try preaching the 's!
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                Ashok Mazumdar
                Oct 5, 2016 at 2:20 pm
                ISI agent ? ?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Orlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Matric Fail ?
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                  mohan
                  Oct 6, 2016 at 8:29 am
                  A small friend of China
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                    mohan
                    Oct 6, 2016 at 8:32 am
                    No confusion for International News and I saw the news in some TV channels. China and its groomed plants of China are refusing to accept the truth. . . . Why ??? The reason is it will expose China's weakness as it ditched a friend, ally and CPEC partner. Also India's fear of China or Sinophobia has gone from Indian psyche. China could not defend its ally Khmer Rouge Cambodia from Vietnamese attack and its huge army was belittled by Vietnam in 1979
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                      mohan
                      Oct 6, 2016 at 8:28 am
                      Paksiatn in militarily much inferior to India. The worry for India is its nexus with Chinese Hawks and their underworld that promotes terrorism. One day India will have to take on China and China is also getting restless in the new world economy
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                        my milieu
                        Oct 20, 2016 at 2:03 am
                        War is inevitable, have we done our ground work?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The needs of the time are to explore further options within the problem space. We should not hold PM Modi with responsibilities or implications of the war. It's a common man's decision. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;In software, they always recommend to fix the bug early on, the later we choose to fix, the bigger the cost. Obviously, not having resolved this problem for decades will cost us all these losses. I am weighing in favor of addressing the root cause, we need strategies and we need diplomacy. Do we have those enough? Given a problem space, we need to explore newer options when existing options don’t work.lt;br/gt;War is an extreme expression of frustration and giving up.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Read more on
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                          VSingh
                          Oct 5, 2016 at 12:44 pm
                          Well said
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