India disapproves Sri Lanka’s comments


India yesterday disapproved of the comments made by Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa after he had blamed India for the protracted war in Sri Lanka, the Press Trust of India reported.

Responding to Rajapaksa’s reported remark that India could never absolve itself of the responsibility for creating terrorism in his country, Indian Union Minister V Narayanasamy said the statement was not acceptable, he told reporters at the airport in Chennai.

India has a duty to protect Tamils wherever they are and it had pressed for independent and credible investigation into alleged war crimes by Sri Lankan army at the UNHRC, he said.

“Unfortunately, state political parties are concealing that. The truth will come out ultimately,” the Minister of State in the PMO added.

He also denied the Centre was not acting on attacks on fishermen from Tamil Nadu by Sri Lankan Navy.

Indian consular officials were immediately asked to work for the release of fishermen arrested by that Navy, he said, adding that talks between fishermen of the two countries could ensure a lasting solution to the matter.