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Sri Lanka won't tolerate anti-India campaigns

March 07, 2008 16:24 IST

Making it clear that it will not tolerate any anti-India campaign in the country, the Sri Lankan government has said New Delhi has stood firmly behind it during critical times.

"We will not tolerate any action that is against India's interest. They (India) have helped us whenever the need arose. They are our close friend," Sri Lankan Port Development Minister Dilan Perera told Parliament.

The Minister was speaking during a debate on extension of emergency by another month in the country earlier this week.
Perera said the campaign by Marxist JVP threatening to boycott Indian goods will not be permitted by the Sri Lankan government.

Construction and Engineering Services Minister Rajithe Senaratne said relations between the two countries were 'very good' and India had never worked against Sri Lanka's [Images] interest.

Earlier JVP member K K  Lalkantha charged India with trying to thwart the Sri Lankan army's 'successful' campaign against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

JVP party Supremo Somawansa Amarasinghe had during a public meeting threatened to organise boycott of Indian goods if New Delhi did not stop its alleged interference in Sri Lanka's internal affairs.

A Sri Lankan Buddhist party has already condemned JVP's anti-India campaign saying New Delhi's support was necessary for the country's the fight against LTTE.

The Jathika Hela Urumaya, dominated by Buddhist monks, recently said such statements by JVP would alienate the Indian government from Sri Lanka.

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