India says it has no plans to sign a defence agreement with Sri Lanka.
Indian Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee speaking to the media in Chennai on Thursday after a meeting with Dravida Munnetra Kalagam (DMK) leader M. Karunanidhi, said that New Delhi would not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries including Sri Lanka.
`It is the stated policy of the central Government not to interfere in the affairs of other countries and the government still stands by it`, he said.
His comments came after government constituents - the MDMK and the PMK strongly opposed any defence agreement with Sri Lanka.
The MDMK and PMK have cautioned the Indian government saying a defence pact with Sri Lanka may be used by Colombo `to unleash violence against Tamils`.
A resolution adopted at a meeting late last month, organised jointly by the PMK, MDMK and the Dravidar Kazhagam (DK) said that any military help to Sri Lanka would harm the Tamils living in the Island republic, besides hurting the interests of the Tamils living all over the world.
`India should not fall prey to the `machinations` of President Mahinda Rajapakse, who was attempting to project an image that New Delhi backed all his anti-Tamil acts,` the resolution said.
MDMK general secretary Vaiko, who was detained under POTA in 2003 for allegedly speaking in support of the outlawed LTTE, said that even before the MDMK voices its views, many come to the conclusion that the organisation would speak only in support of the LTTE.