India’s National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon has emphasized that Sri Lanka should have its own home-grown solutions for the problems of its people in the North and the East.
He said other parties elsewhere including in Tamil Nadu, should not worry if those people are happy. In an exclusive meeting with a high-profile team of media heads from Sri Lanka at his office at the Ministry of Defence in New Delhi, Mr. Menon said India would never interfere with Sri Lanka’s internal matters. He said that it is up to Sri Lanka to decide on the best solution to meet the aspirations of its people. The key is at home. If that is right, he said he did not think the views of either the Tamil Nadu or Tamil Diaspora are important. If the people in Sri Lanka are happy with the solution they get, Mr. Menon queried as to why should the people in Tamil Nadu worry about it? He pointed out that India has always rejected terrorism. For the last 30 years, no mainstream Indian political party supported the LTTE. The Indian National Security Advisor emphatically stated that the Indian soil will never be allowed to be used for terror acts. He added that India has been very firm on that and would assure no room for terrorism.