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SL blames India for duration of armed conflict

Sri Lanka blamed India today for the 30 years of armed conflict, reports NDTV. The Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa told local media that India 'could never absolve itself of the responsibility for creating terrorism in Sri Lanka', and asserted that the international community should begin any investigation into the conflict with the role India played and its intervention.

Drawing attention to a recent op-ed by India's former permanent representative to the UN, Hardeep Singh Puri, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said that Puri should 'realize that India's intervention in Sri Lanka had caused a major regional crisis when "Indian-trained Sri Lankan terrorists" raided the Maldives in November 1988'.

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