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* Indian government will not show any sympathy towards Sri Lanka- union minister
Thu, Dec 5, 2013, 09:35 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 05, Colombo: India's central government will not show any sympathy towards Sri Lanka and it will continue to pressure the Sri Lankan government on India's concerns, an Indian government minister has said.

Speaking at a public event in Chennai on Thursday, India's Union Shipping Minister G.K. Vasan said the Union government would not certainly show any sympathy towards Sri Lanka.

"Instead, it will continue to exert pressure on the Sri Lankan government to implement 13th Amendment so as to ensure that Tamils in Sri Lanka get equal rights on par with local Sinhalese. There is no compromise in this stand," he said.

Referring to the Chief of Indian Navy offering training opportunities to Sri Lankan Navy, the minister said the Union Government should not take a policy decision to impart training to Sri Lankan Forces.

"The Centre should avoid from taking such policy decision. I think," he said.

Vasan said he has conveyed his opposition to the Defence Minister A. K. Antony on giving military training to Sri Lankan security forces.

Vasan pointed out that the Union government in the interest of the Sri Lankan Tamils has taken several policy decisions against the island nation.

Recalling that India voted against Sri Lanka for the UN resolution and the Indian Prime Minister skipped the Commonwealth meeting last month respecting the sentiments of the Tamils and voices of Tamil political parties, Vasan said the Union government is not in a position to compromise with Sri Lanka on its stand.

The Chief Minister of India's southern state of Tamil Nadu J. Jayalalithaa and her rival, DMK leader M. Karunanidhi, both vehemently opposed the center government for its offer to train Sri Lankan naval officers.

India's Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral D.K. Joshi conveyed the offer to the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa when he met with the President in Colombo last month.

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