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Doval hails defeat of the LTTE

2014 Dec 01

Ajit Kumar DovalIndia’s National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval, who is in Sri Lanka for the Galle Dialogue, today commended Sri Lanka for successfully defeating terrorism.

Speaking during the opening session of the Galle Dialogue, Doval also said that India has good bilateral ties with its neighbors even though there may be “minor issues” in some cases.

Meanwhile, The Hindu quoted him as saying that if the Indian Ocean has to contribute to the prosperity of different nations, it is necessary that it remains a zone of peace.

Evoking a 1971 UNGA resolution, on the Declaration of the Indian Ocean as a Zone of Peace, Doval said it was important to revisit the resolution mooted by Sri Lanka then “calling upon great powers not to allow escalation and expansion of military presence in the Indian Ocean.”

The Hindu news report said that Doval’s remarks come at a time when India has been voicing serious concern over China’s growing military presence in the island. In October Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was in New Delhi for a meeting with Mr. Doval and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley where New Delhi raised the issue of a Chinese submarine calling at the port in Colombo.

In his address today Doval said India has been a status quoist power in the region for 5,000 years, but it had no aggressive design or strategic reason for dominance that is detrimental to any other country.

He called for cooperation between countries to tackle challenges such as piracy, drug smuggling and human trafficking. India would enhance trilateral cooperation with Sri Lanka and the Maldives, he said, stressing the need for maritime security for prosperity. (Colombo Gazette)

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