Pranab holds talks with special advisor of Sri Lankan Prez

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New Delhi, Oct 26 (UNI) In the backdrop of the escalating crackdown on the LTTE in Sri Lanka, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee today held discussions here with Basil Rajapaksa, the Special Advisor of the Sri Lankan President.

Later, Mr Mukherjee left for Chennai to have a detailed discussion with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi to apprise him of the various steps being initiated by the Central Government to ensure safety of the Sri Lankan Tamils.

According to official sources, the visit was not a scheduled one. The decision for the External Affairs Minister's visit to Chennai was taken after his talks with Mr Rajapaksa.

Mr Rajapaksa who has come amid concerns from New Delhi over the situation in Sri Lanka, apprised Mr Mukherjee of the steps being taken by Colombo to ensure that the rights of Tamils are not compromised during the ongoing military drive against the LTTE.

The meeting attains significance since the DMK had earlier announced its decision that all MPs from the state would resign on October 29 if the Centre failed to take corrective measures towards protecting the life and property of the Sri Lankan Tamils.

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