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* Without India's support defeating terrorism would not be easy, Sri Lanka government says
Tuesday, March 17, 2009, 14:26 GMT, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Health Minister and the Leader of the House, Nimal Sripala De Silva today said that defeating the terrorism is not easy if the government of India has not extended its support to Sri Lanka.

Responding to a question raised by the Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake this morning, the Minister told the House that India has given valuable support to Sri Lankan government for the process of defeating terrorism in the country.

MP Dissanayake questioned the government over the mobile hospital constructed in Pulmoddai and the medical staff sent by the Indian government.

He said that a wrong message goes to international community by the decision of granting India to construct a mobile hospital in Sri Lanka and use Indian staff while the local health workers are always ready to work in any place in the country.

Responding to him Minister De Silva stressed that Indian government has appeared as a mammoth power on behalf of the Sri Lankan government while the rest of the world are pressuring the government in many ways.

Minister De Silva said that India and Sri Lanka governments have held series of discussions before the construction of this mobile hospital and the team of doctors sent from the India had been registered by the Sri Lanka Medical Council.

Finally the leader of the House assured the parliament that the sovereignty of the country would not be affected by this mobile hospital constructed at Pulmoddai in Eastern Sri Lanka.

Some political observers in the country view the assistance of India as an invasion and a means to control Sri Lanka's affairs.

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