India firm on extradition of Sri Lanka's LTTE chief

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''There is no change in the government of India's position,'' Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh told reporters after a meeting with Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lanka's prime minister.
Wickremesinghe is in India to seek New Delhi's backing for his government's efforts to make peace with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and end a 19-year bloody conflict that has claimed more than 64,000 lives and displaced 1.3 million people.
LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran is accused by India of masterminding the assassination of Gandhi, who was blown up by a woman suicide bomber at an election rally in 1991.
India outlawed the LTTE in 1992 and extended that ban by two years last month saying the Tamil Tigers remained a ''terrorist'' outfit despite an appeal by the guerrillas to forge a new, friendly relationship.
Sri Lanka has said it plans to lift its own 1998 ban on the LTTE ahead of the first face-to-face peace talks in seven years expected in Thailand in July.
New Delhi's sustained support for the peace process is considered crucial by analysts as India has 62 million Tamil people of its own and the country armed and trained the LTTE in the 1980s.


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