December 25, 2001, Chandigarh, India
Ranil holds talks with PM,
New Delhi, December 24
At these meetings, India offered to extend the possible help to Sri Lanka to resolve the nearly 18-year-old ethnic crisis in the island nation.
While assuring Mr Wickremasinghe that India would play its role in helping the peace process, Mr Vajpayee welcomed Sri Lanka’s ceasefire with the LTTE and hoped that it would take the peace process forward.
The Prime Minister also took into account the domestic political compulsions when he assured a six-member PMK delegation led by PMK president Ramdoss that called on him this morning that he would take up with the new Sri Lankan Prime Minister the need to resolve the ethnic crisis at the earliest.
At the end of Mr Wickremasinghe’s three-day visit, a joint statement said India had decided to provide three lakh tonnes of wheat (25,000 tonnes per month for the next 12 months) to Sri Lanka on terms agreed by the two sides.
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