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Colombo likely to send envoy

B. Muralidhar Reddy

COLOMBO: Contacts at a high level are expected in the next few days between India and Sri Lanka to deliberate on the Indian concerns about the humanitarian crisis triggered by the ongoing war between the Sri Lanka forces and the LTTE.

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a conversation with The Hindu last week disclosed that he intended to send a special envoy to New Delhi, to discuss Indian concerns with officials of the Manmohan Singh government.

On Saturday after Mr. Rajapaksa telephoned Dr. Singh, a press statement issued by the Sri Lanka Foreign Ministry said consequent to the discussion between the two leaders, Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama invited External Affairs Pranab Mukherjee to undertake a visit to Sri Lanka at an early date.

It said both leaders agreed to maintain a dialogue at a high political level, in keeping with the longstanding and excellent bilateral relations.

In his remarks Dr. Singh urged the Sri Lankan President to initiate the process for a political settlement within the framework of a united Sri Lanka.

Mr. Rajapaksa told Dr. Singh that the security forces were engaged in an ‘operation to disarm the LTTE and restore democracy, peace and stability to the region.’

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