Amit Baruah

Concern over escalating violence: Shivshankar Menon

  • "Main thing" is to find solution to ethnic problem
  • No question of India-supplied radar failing

    NEW DELHI: India is ready to help Sri Lanka find a solution to its escalating violence and humanitarian tragedy, Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon told presspersons here on Wednesday.

    Asked about Monday's aerial attack by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, he said the incident was one example of the escalating violence.

    "We are very concerned about the escalation of violence," the Foreign Secretary, who has served as India's High Commissioner to Colombo, said in response to questions. Mr. Menon said the humanitarian consequences of the violence, which led to internal displacement of about one lakh people, really worried New Delhi. Hoping that the levels of violence would come down to resolve the ethnic question, he stressed that the "main thing" was to find a solution to the problem.

    Asked again about the significance of the LTTE's air attack, Mr. Menon said picking on incidents of violence did not help efforts to find a solution.

    To another question whether India was now prepared to play a more active role in resolving the ethnic dispute, he said India wanted to encourage the Sri Lankans themselves to find a solution to their problem.

    Asked about reports in the Sri Lankan press that an India-supplied radar, which was installed in the military base that was attacked by the LTTE, failed, Mr. Menon said there was "no question of the radar failing at all."

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