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Friday, August 30, 2013 - 06.17 GMT
India's External Affairs Ministry opposes debate on Katchatheevu island


The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) of India has opposed DMK's attempt to force a discussion on India's agreement with Sri Lanka on the Katchatheevu island, The Economic Times reported.

India had recognised the territorial rights of Sri Lanka over the island in 1974, which was a disputed land until then. In a letter to the office of the Lok Sabha Speaker, MEA said the matter DMK sought to raise in the House, "is already settled between the two countries.

Discussions of these matters on the floor of the House would not be desirable as this may prove embarrassing for our relations with Sri Lanka, a close and friendly neighboring country".

The MEA move came after DMK gave notice to the office of the Speaker seeking a short-duration discussion under Rule 193.





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