No military solution to Tamil issue in SL: Pranab

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said that India was deeply concerned at the sad plight of the Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka who have been the victims of crossfire but insisted that there was no military solution.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: March 14, 2009 8:12 pm

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said that India was deeply concerned at the sad plight of the Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka who have been the victims of crossfire but insisted that there was no military solution.

“We are deeply concerned at the sad plight of the Tamil civilians who have been caught in the crossfire between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE…,” Mukherjee told reporters at the AICC.

The minister,however,said that “military solution was not the solution” and the issue has to be addressed politically.

He said that he had visited Sri Lanka and had long discussions with the leaders and asserted the solution has to be found with devolution of power “without altering the territorial integrity and constitutional sovereignty of Sri Lanka”.

“India will provide all facilities for the rehabilitation of internally displaced Tamilians,” the minister added.

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