Video: India betrayed Sri Lanka in the past as well: revelation after 30 years.
According to newly de-classified documents Former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had asked her British counterpart Margaret Thatcher to stop helping Sri Lanka with military advice to crush the separatist Tamil Eelam movement in the 1980s.
In a document relating to Sri Lanka, released by the National Archives under the 30-year de-classification rule, a reference was apparently made to India's suspicion in 1984 that Britain's elite Special Air Service was training the Sri Lankan military.
Gandhi had told Thatcher: "We hope that you will use your influence to persuade President J R Jayewardene to give a positive lead by making constructive suggestions at the All Parties Conference.
According to another document, the British government under Thatcher allowed former SAS officers to train Sri Lankan security forces against the LTTE.
The new set of documents, that will intensify speculation over SAS operations in the region, suggest that in September 1984, Peter Ricketts — private secretary to foreign secretary Geoffrey Howe — wrote to David Barclay — private secretary to then prime minister Thatcher — about a request to allow a British company with SAS connections to work in Sri Lanka.