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Sri Lankan government ready for dialogue with India
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High Commissioners of Sri Lanka and India stationed in New Delhi and Colombo have confirmed India and Sri Lanka were engaged bilaterally in nuclear technology-related issues.

They added that there was no move to take nuclear safety of any other issue to any international forum.

Prasad Kariyawasam, the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India speaking to the Hindu said discussion on the technical level issues will commence soon.

The Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, based in Colombo, Ashok K.Kantha, told The Hindu that a bilateral process was already on, and all the issues, including that of nuclear safety, was being discussed.

Appropriate steps will be taken, within the framework of the guidelines provided.

Prasad Kariyawasam said that because of the protests in Kudankulam people in Sri Lanka too had become aware of the issue.

The issue came to the fore after the Indian media picked up a comment made by Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka over the Indian nuclear power plant at Kudankulam.

Energy Minister Champika Ranawaka said that the government will raise the issue at the IAEA meet in September.

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