Sri Lanka Scene
India to Delay Signing

 by T. Sabaratnam


Weekly Review

2 February 2004

India to delay signing the Defence Agreement

India has decided to delay the signing of the Indo-Sri Lanka Defence Agreement, Colombo-based Indian diplomats said.

This information was conveyed to President Chandrika Kumaratunga by Indian High Commissioner Nirupam Sen during the one and a half hour meeting they had on Saturday.

He cited the impending dissolution of the Indian Parliament and the general election that would follow in April as the reasons for the delay. Sen told Chandrika that Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee would like the new government to proceed with the matter.

Diplomatic sources attribute different reasons for India

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Posted February 3, 2004