Sethu project: Lanka may drag India to international court

Colombo, July 7 | Updated: Jul 8 2005, 06:37am hrs
Sri Lanka on Thursday warned that it may resort to legal action against India over its Sethu Samudra canal project in the event of failure to resolve environmental and livelihood issues raised by it bilaterally.

Replying to a question in Parliament, which discussed Indias Sethu Samundram Canal project on Thursday, foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar said there was a possibility of taking India to an international court.

This is obviously a measure of last resort in the event of failure to resolve any issue through bilateral consultations and friendly co-operation, the minister said.

However, he said he was hopeful that the two countries will be able to work together and address the environmental and livelihood issues and mitigate any adverse effects.

The Lankan foreign minister said resorting to international legal action now was premature but remained in the realm of possibility.