Tamil issue: India sends emissaries to Sri Lanka

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Shiv Shankar Menon And MK Narayanan
New Delhi, Apr 24: India ordered National Security Advisor (NSA) MK Narayanan and Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon to visit Colombo to pressurise the Sri Lankan government to immediately stop fighting in the conflict zone. This decision came after a high-level meeting, chaired by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday, Apr 24.

India is also planning to hike the relief supply for civilians caught in the war zone. Meanwhile Sri Lanka on its part is sending a special envoy, Basil Rajapaksa, advisor to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, is expected to visit India soon to explain Colombo's position over the issue.

Earlier, Sri Lanka rejected United Nations call for a humanitarian mission in the region. Thousands of civilians are still trapped in the 17-square-km area held by the Tamil Tigers (LTTE).

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