No observors for Iraq: Left

New Delhi, Oct 28 | Updated: Oct 29 2004, 05:30am hrs
No Indians will be sent as observors to Iraq for impending elections in that country.

This was declared by Left parties following their meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and National Security Advisor JN Dixit over breakfast on Thursday.

We all agreed that there is no question of sending anyone to Iraq. Iraqis can come here instead to get trained, said CPI general secretary AB Bardhan.

According to the Left leader, Mr Dixit also briefed them on several foreign policy issues, including the recent talks with Mynmar (during the visit of General Than Shwe) and Iran. However, he did not elaborate on what was discussed on Iran.

As was decided at a meeting on Wednesday, Left has demanded the release of pro-democracy leader Aung Sang Suu Kyi, currently under house arrest in Myanmar.

RSP leader Abani Roy said that they had also asked for a review of strategic relations with Israel in view of increasing attacks on the Palestinian people.

Apparently, despite the Lefts serious concern on the governments pronouncements on disinvestment, it was not taken up for discussion as it is a domestic issue. Instead, the talks focused mainly on international relations. They also denied that the issue of India joining the US-sponsored Ballistic Missile Defence programme was discussed.

The meeting was also attended by CPI-M general secretary Harkishen Singh Surjeet, CPI-M politburo members Sitaram Yechury and Prakash Karat and CPI leader D Raja.