Menon, Narayanan in Colombo for talks with Rajapaksa

Colombo, April 24 (Inditop) India’s Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon and National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan landed here Friday and flew straight to President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s residence Temple Trees by helicopter for a discussion on the situation in Sri Lanka.

The two officials will be flying back to the Indian capital New Delhi later in the day.

An official from the president’s office said there could be a statement at the end of the visit.

India sent its top officials to Colombo as the exodus of Tamil civilians from the war zone escalated into a grave humanitarian crisis even as the Sri Lankan government claimed that the Tamil Tiger rebels were about to be crushed.

The Sri Lankan military estimates that 106,000 Tamil civilians – men, women and children – have so far fled the LTTE zone and taken shelter in military-held areas.

“We are very unhappy at the continued killings in Sri Lanka. All killings must stop. There must be an immediate cessation of all hostilities,” Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee had said in a statement in New Delhi.