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India downplays Mahinda meeting

The Indian government said today that the meeting between Manmohan Singh and Mahinda Rajapaksa may occur “only on the sidelines” of the BIMSTEC summit in Burma, and that it would not be an exclusive meeting; PTI quoted Union Minister V Narayanasamy.

DMK stalwart M Karunanidhi had slammed the Indian prime minister for agreeing to a meeting with Rajapaksa.

Sources in Burma also said that India was looking for much more progress on reconciliation on Sri Lanka.

"India's approach is that it looks for much more progress in the reconciliation process," sources close to the Indian government said according to the Daily Mirror.

When asked whether India would support the resolution at the UNHRC, they said that India had not seen the draft yet and denied taking part in any watering down of the resolution.

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