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Lanka seeking arms from Pak, China irks India

May 31, 2007 14:12 IST

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Sri Lanka should not seek weapons from Pakistan or China and it should come to India whatever might be their requirement, National Security Advisor M K Narayanan said in Chennai on Thursday.

Talking to media persons after meeting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, he said: "We are a big power in the region. We do not want the Sri Lankan government to go to Pakistan or China. Whatever may be their requirement, the Sri Lankan government should come to us."

However, he added, 'India will not provide weapons with offensive capabilities to Sri Lanka.'

To a query on opposition from political leaders in Tamil Nadu for providing radars to Sri Lankan government, Narayanan said: "Radars are seen as a defensive capability. Hence we have provided them to the Sri Lankan government."

On coordinated patrolling along the Tamil Nadu coast to protect fishermen, he said: "I will check with the Navy if there is a problem for functioning under a unified command. I think it is a good idea."

When asked whether the fishermen should be instructed not to cross the international boundary line between Sri Lanka and India, he said: "Fishermen are going there for their livelihood. We have told the Sri Lankan Navy not to fire at them and they have assured us that there will be no firing. By and large they are adhering to this. Fishermen will go wherever there are fishes. To prevent them from crossing the boundary line is asking for too much."

Reacting to a question whether he saw air capabilities of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam as a threat to India's security, he said: "We are not in favour of any terrorist organisation having air capabilities."

Narayanan said he had discussed with Karunanidhi the kind of problems faced by Tamil Nadu fishermen. He had also indicated that the Centre would tighten coastal security and ensure protection of fishermen to the extent possible.

When asked whether it was true that five fishermen were killed by the LTTE, he said the state government's version on the issue was correct. He also reiterated that there could not be a joint patrolling of Indian and Sri Lankan navies.

Narayanan said he would meet US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns soon.

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