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Saturday, 24 March 2012 - 13:12
India's security in threat for opposing Sri Lanka
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A former Indian defence chief has said that India's security has come under threat by opposing Sri Lanka at the Un Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva.

Retired Lieutenant t General A S Kalkat, who led the Indian Peacekeeping Force into Sri Lanka following the 1987 India-Sri Lanka accord, has cautioned that India needs to proactively engage Sri Lanka to ensure that the Chinese don't gain an upper hand.

Kalkat told the IANS news service that India can't afford to let the Chinese have an overwhelming presence in Sri Lanka since Sri Lanka is critically important to the India's maritime security as well.

Kalkat feels that much will depend on how India mends fences with Sri Lanka after the vote and also stated that India will be closely watching the next steps initiated by the UNHCR and ensure that Colombo's sovereignty is not compromised in the process.

He added that at the same time, New Delhi will also keep a sharp eye on Beijing's moves.

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