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Krishna launches several key projects in the North

India has no worries about rival China’s expanding ties with Sri Lanka, India’s Foreign Minister S M Krishna said.
Krishna, who met President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday, said Colombo’s ties with Beijing and other capitals would not impact “historic relations” between the two South Asian neighbours.
Asked if New Delhi was concerned about increased Chinese interest in its southern neighbour, Krishna said it was up to Sri Lanka to decide on its external relations.

“The relationship between India and Sri Lanka need not be at the cost of other countries. Sri Lanka’s relationships with other countries depends upon Sri Lanka itself and we respect that,” he said.
“Our ultimate objective is to see a prosperous, stable Sri Lanka at peace with itself,” said Krishna, who was on a four-day official visit to Sri Lanka.
The Indian minister’s comments came just over a week after a 1.5-billion-dollar Chinese-funded port was commissioned in Hambantota.

Analysts have said New Delhi is concerned that Hambantota is part of a Chinese policy to throw a geographical circle of influence around India.
India said earlier in the year that China was displaying “more than normal interest” in the Indian Ocean region.
China is also developing port facilities in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Pakistan, and has plans for rail projects in Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Krishna also urged Sri Lanka to share power with Tamils as the island emerges from decades of ethnic bloodshed following the crushing of the LTTE last year.
Krishna said Colombo had a “historic opportunity” to address the underlying political causes of the Tamil separatist campaign.

“The cessation of hostilities in May last year provides a historic opportunity to address all outstanding issues of resettlement and a political settlement in a spirit of mutual accommodation,” he said.
Krishna arrived in Sri Lanka late on Thursday on a mission to deepen ties with Sri Lanka. He travelled to Jaffna yesterday to open an Indian consulate before returning home today. (AFP)