Vaiko cautions against Indian involvement

NEW DELHI, MAY 8. The MDMK chief, Mr. Vaiko, today met the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, and the External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant Singh, and cautioned against India extending any ``non-military logistics'' to Sri Lanka in its battle against the Tamil groups in the Jaffna peninsula.

Mr. Vaiko, who also called on the Union Home Minister, Mr. L.K. Advani, told The Hindu that the Prime Minister gave him to understand that there was no proposal before India to extend any ``non-military logistics'' to Sri Lanka.

In his meetings, Mr. Vaiko referred to reports in the State- controlled media in Sri Lanka about a possible Indian involvement in the conflict and wanted to know the factual position.

``The Sri Lankan Government is seeking India's help only because its army is defeated. Why should the Indian Government get involved now when it did not get engaged in 1995 (when the Sri Lankan army entered Jaffna),'' he asked.