Sunday, December 11, 2005

Sri Lanka Navy warms up for war

Indian Navy and the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) will stage a joint naval exercise on Tuesday, 13 December, in Sri Lankan waters.

Vice Admiral Suresh Mehta of the Eastern Command of the Indian Navy, the second high ranking Indian Defence official to visit Sri Lanka in one week, will be in Sri lanka today to oversee the joint exercise.

Many fear that this is a ‘warm up’ by the navy before having to face the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Naval Wing at war.

‘The back to back visits of high ranking Indian defence personal is indeed a worrying development’ said a peace activist. ‘Mahinda seems to have made up his mind already and it is not the political framework the LTTE asked for’ she added, referring to the request of the LTTE leader for a political framework for a peaceful solution to the ethnic conflict.

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