Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy has welcomed the joint statement issued by the Governments of India and Sri Lankaat the conclusion of President Mahinda Rajapakse's visit to New Delhi.

Dr. Swamy said: "The communiqué reflects India's cautious and calibrated response to the request of the Sri Lanka Government for aid and assistance."

"But the most significant of all is the rebuff given to pro-LTTE elements in India who are constituents and supporters of the UPA Government," he said.

He claimed he was informed by "knowledgeable sources" that extradition of the LTTE leader Prabhakaran was also raised in the discussion between the two leaders (Dr. Manmohan Singh and Mr. Rajapakse), though it did not figure in the public declaration.

Dr. Swamy said: "It must be made clear to the Sri Lanka Government that in the name of peace talks, they cannot use that as a ploy to delay any more the unilateral implementation of their promise to replace the present unitary constitution with an Indian type quasi-federal constitution."