Fonseka calls on India, Pak to resolve Kashmir issue

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Former Sri Lanka army chief General Sarath Fonseka on Thursday urged India and Pakistan to speedily resolve the Kashmir issue, adding that countries of the region should start behaving like neighbours.

" India and Pakistan must solve the Jammu and Kashmir issue and put an end to the misunderstanding, mistrust and suspicion or it will continue forever. Once solved, they will be able to look at the global issues better," General Fonseka said at the International Counter Terrorism Conference at Jaipur.

"Neighbours should think together, get together and try to solve each other's problems," he added.

Speaking about global terrorism, General Fonseka said legal governments plagued by extremist forces must deal with such elements via negotiations or military action.

"These people come with different names but these extremists try to create a world of their own. They want to get rid of people following different religions, who speak different languages, who belong to different cultures. They look dangerous at the moment, and given the chance, they will try to expand to different countries, so everyone must put in maximum effort to get rid of this problem quickly," he said.

"Wherever there are these forces, there are legal governments, who are best placed to decide whether there should be dealt with through negotiations or through military action. They must make quick decisions and go ahead with whatever is required," he added.

Speaking of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), General Fonseka expressed confidence that the Muslims in his country will not fall prey to their trap.

"The ISIS, like any other Islamic terrorist organisation, will try to seek every expansion. However, the Sri Lankan Muslims are coexisting peacefully with the rest of the country and I don't think they will welcome situations like that in my country. We hope that the other countries affected are able to understand the danger and take necessary steps. The countries affected must take the leadership to settle their own issues," he said.

On March 22, General Fonseka will become the first Sri Lanka Army officer to be promoted to the rank of Field Marshal. (ANI)
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  • Ratna Thursday, 19 March 2015 09:37 PM

    This has been the bane of our politicians all the time. They follow an ostrich policy. Hope, at least now, with the change of government, they all will get together and put our own house in order and then talk about problems outside. Let us sit with Tamils and resolve their grievances and move forward; make this a paradise on earth!

    Prem Nath Friday, 20 March 2015 12:33 PM

    Please address the issues confronting Sri Lanka beforeadvising any other country to put their house in order.

    Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha Saturday, 21 March 2015 07:23 AM

    the only solution for Kashmir is independence from India, Pakistan and China. All who hold parts of Kashmir, That region has been the center of the cold war between India and Pakistan resulting in two wars. An independent Kashmir will remove this impediment between Pakistan and India.

    Aruna Thursday, 19 March 2015 06:23 PM

    Mind your business. We can look after our affairs either internal or with respective neighbors.

    shyapat Friday, 20 March 2015 08:16 PM

    Well said sir. Eradicate BBS the extremists for the betterment of your own country..!!

    Mason Thursday, 19 March 2015 06:31 PM

    The sensible thing to do is to settle problems in our country first, before being free with our advises to our neighbours.

    Ganesha Thursday, 19 March 2015 10:42 PM

    Your advice is much better than a seasoned politician being a Commander of an army compared to our half baked, narrow minded politicians. who never ever put forwarded one like this , I think fearing they are throwing from glass house.

    Amarakoon Friday, 20 March 2015 10:19 PM

    Guys, please try to read between the lines. SF is right to say that India to resolve its own problems before getting involved in internal affairs of SL. For example, Modi stated that SL should go beyond 13 Amendment. If this is the case, why not India even not dreaming to give some thing similar to 13 Amendment to the folks in Kashmir?

    Abdulkany Thursday, 19 March 2015 11:18 PM

    please tell China to solve Tibet problem and live like good neghbours via DM Android App

    Mohideen Thursday, 19 March 2015 11:54 PM

    Well said Sir (Field Marshal) Appreciate your ability to see much far than the Political Leaders.If anyone can repeatedly read the contents patiently can understand. If he had been in the top when Duraiappa was murdered we would not experienced the ugly war.

    Ikarus Friday, 20 March 2015 11:32 PM

    This guy thinks he is the newest messenger from GOD and his word is the Gospel, hence India

    Lanka Watch Friday, 20 March 2015 12:26 AM

    Gen, Fonseka has told India and Pak to solve the Kashmirproblem , while Mr. Modi has asked the SL. Govt. last weekto solve Tamils problems in N/E, Sri Lanka. Both do not seem to know what is happening in their own countries.

    ANTON Thursday, 19 March 2015 04:42 PM

    IF HE CAN GIVE A SUGGESTION TO RESOLVE THIS PROBLEM FOREVER, DEFINITELY HE WILL GET THE NOBEL PRIZE.

    Azee Thursday, 19 March 2015 04:45 PM

    Congratulations General Your contribution at the Conference is par excellence. A well thought out speech . via DM Android App

    Francis Thursday, 19 March 2015 04:58 PM

    SAARC must appoint him as the regional expert or advisor on terrorism and pay him a salary in keeping with his expertise, knowledge and rank. He deserves such an honor and I am sure he will deliver.

    Nims Friday, 20 March 2015 03:00 AM

    Excellent suggestion. Unfortunately US and the West will never allow India and Pakistan to be united as good neighbours.

    dilip Thursday, 19 March 2015 05:11 PM

    Dear Mr; Sarath Fonseka, what you are saying is very correct about the other countries .I think you should see what is happening in Sri Lanka. You people fought for a united country .At the moment the signs coming out from the north and the east are not very comforting. Please leave the foreign problems to Mr. Mangala as he is going to make a mess of it any way.As a war HERO put your energy to the matters concerning our country for the moment. The way things are moving, I feel that there will be more problems to come if it is not taken care of. This government and the President are over doing things to please the north and the east. May be to please India America and Europe. PLEASE DO NOT FORGET THE MAJORITY ARE THE SINHELESE. Most of the politicians, any where in the world ,would only worry about where the votes come from. So Mr. Fonseka do not fall in the same category, think straight .God BLESS YOU.

    Marisipala Friday, 20 March 2015 11:04 AM

    Great work sir. . . .! Can you please notify Israel and Palestine also to settle there differences as well so that we can concentrate more on USA issues ...!! ;-)

    Ali Friday, 20 March 2015 05:27 PM

    Oh..our general once again started with his foul mouth. But this time with a different direction, with more diplomacy..

    Observer Thursday, 19 March 2015 08:44 PM

    General ( Field marshal) Fonseka, First of all solve your Parliament seat problem. Then concentrate on others.

    Nelum Fernando Friday, 20 March 2015 11:10 AM

    Tell US to clean the mess they created in the middle east. People are dying and some people are living in IDP camps forever due to the horrific situation in those countries.


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