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Last updated: 05 February, 2009 - Published 14:54 GMT
 
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India asks LTTE to give up arms
 
Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram
"Stop hostilities; call for both parties"
India has asked the LTTE to lay down arms and come to the negotiating table while urging Colombo to suspend hostilities.

India's Home Minister P Chidambaram told reporers that India is concerned over the loss of lives in nothern Sri Lanka and want both parties to stop hostilities.

"We are deeply anguished at the loss of lives" Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said.

He said the Sri Lankan government must suspend hostilities and the LTTE must agree to lay down arms and come to the negotiating table.

"This must take place simultaneously. Only when both hands join you can clap", the Minister said.

"Unfortunately, we are not able to prevail over the LTTE to lay down arms and not able to prevail over the Sri Lankan government beyond a point", he said.

The Home Minister P.Chidambaram once again appealed to both sides to give up hostilities and return to the negotiating table.

The minister said that India was able to prevail upon Sri Lanka to suspend hostilities for 48 hours but disappointed that there was no response from the LTTE.

"Even today there is no response from the LTTE," he said.

 
 
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