PM expresses concern at Sri Lanka situation

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New Delhi, Oct 15 (UNI) India today reaffirmed support to a politically-negotiated settlement of the problem in Sri Lanka that would respect the island nations' unity and integrity, and said a military option was not a solution to the crisis.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, while expressing concern at the situation in that country, said at a press conference here that the Government of India had made several representations to the Government of Sri Lanka.

''The situation in Sri Lanka remains a cause for concern. The Government of India is concerned at the hostilities...on the increasing number of internally displaced persons and also on the killing of Indian fishermen,'' the Prime Minister said at the joint press conferece alongwith the Pesidents of South Africa and Brazil after their Third Summit meeting of the IBSA Dialogue Forum.

He said India always believed that the situation in Sri Lanka did not call for military solution but political negotiations which respect the unity and integrity of Sri Lanka.

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