India to mediate b/w Lanka and LTTE if war stops

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P Chidambaram
New Delhi, Feb 16: Urging the Sri Lankan Government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to stop war, Union Home Minister, P Chidambaram said that India is willing to arrange for dialogue between the two. The Minister said this in a public meeting in Chennai on Sunday, Feb 15.

"The government of Sri Lanka must suspend its military operations and simultaneously LTTE must declare its willingness to lay down arms and come to the negotiating table," Chidambaram said at a public meeting at Mylapore in Chennai.

Though India has made it clear that it will not involve directly in Sri Lanka, it said that it is willing to mediate. Chidambaram opined that LTTE would have got a political status long back if they had accepted the India-Sri Lanka accord in 1987.

Meanwhile, UPA Government has been put under immense pressure by its partners in Tamil Nadu to end the Sri Lankan violence.

Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan Air Force sank three attack crafts of the LTTE in the northern Mullaittivu district on Sunday, Feb 15. Around 2 lakh people are still stuck in the north eastern coast of Mullaittivu which is controlled by the LTTE.

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OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)

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