Manmohan refuses to intervene in Lanka

New Delhi, Nov 29 | Updated: Nov 30 2006, 06:53am hrs
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told visiting Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse that there was no change in New Delhis position on the Lankan ethnic problem being resolved through a negotiated political settlement that would be acceptable to all segments.

LTTE supremo V Prabhakaran recently proclaimed that the six-year peace talks had failed and his outfit had resumed the armed conflict for a separate Tamil state.

Sources said Rajapakse wanted to get a sense on what New Delhis views were on the issue. Especially, with parties like the DMK and MDMK being important constituents of the UPA and pressure being put on the government to take a tilt towards the Tamil cause.

Stating that he was not privy to details of restricted meeting between the PM and the Lankan President, external affairs ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna said that the two leaders held detailed discussions on the peace process and also bilateral issues.

Sarna said that while India reiterated its stated position of a negotiated political settlement, Rajapakse spoke in detail about the various devolution plans that his government believed would help in ending the ethnic strife.