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11 December 2012 12:43 pm - 4     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


New Delhi: India provides short-term and long-term training programmes to military personnel from Sri Lanka and other neighbouring countries, Defence Minister A.K. Antony said.

He told the Lok Sabha that the training covered both technical and non-technical streams.

The minister was answering questions asked by members P. Lingam and Prabodh Panda who wanted to know if Sri Lankan army personnel were still being trained by the Indian Army.

He said training exchanges were conducted between military personnel of India and "various neighbouring countries including Sri Lanka".

The minister said the training took place in different states "where defence educational and training establishments are located, depending on the training requirements".

When asked if the training of Sri Lankan military personnel had generated protests in India, the minister said: "(The) government is pursuing an approach keeping in view all aspects of national interest."

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has protested the military training given to the Sri Lankan armed forces, which she says had killed innocent Tamils while crushing the Tamil Tigers. (IANS)

  Comments - 4

  • CME Tuesday, 11 December 2012 12:54 PM

    Good, the quality of India training is much better then China.

    Nodrog Tuesday, 11 December 2012 01:55 PM

    They also provide similar training for terrorists and finance them too.

    kumar Tuesday, 11 December 2012 05:35 PM

    don't do it you will feel later, irritating tamils not better sign to soverginity of india

    Saskia Wednesday, 12 December 2012 05:37 AM

    Well said. Lets wait until the election in 2014 and then we have to show them the power of TN. Apart from the fact that it is an tamils issue, it is also an human right issue. India says that it support human rights but their actions do not reflect it.

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