No weapons to or from India

The army says it has not sold or purchased weapons from India during or after the war.

Army spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya said that Sri Lanka does not manufacture weapons to be able to sell them to any country.

He also said that Sri Lanka obtains weapons from several countries including China but not from India.

India was very sensitive to the support it extended to Sri Lanka during the war particularly owing to anti-Sri Lanka pressure from Tamil Nadu.

The army spokesman however said Sri Lanka and India have good military ties and that had expanded in recent times.

He said that while the Sri Lanka army receives training in India, the Indian military takes part in training in Sri Lanka as well.

The army spokesman also recalled that both countries conduct joint military exercises regularly.

In a written reply to a Lok Sabha query, Defence Minister A. K. Antony was quoted as saying this week that the three forces have spent over Rs 2.35 lakh crore for procuring weapons systems from several countries, including Russia, Israel, the US, the UK, Poland, Slovakia, Finland and Sri Lanka.

As per the data provided by the three Services headquarters, Russia has emerged as the biggest beneficiary by bagging business worth over Rs 1 lakh crore, the Press Trust of India reported.

Of the three forces, the Army has emerged as the biggest spender from the year 2010-11 to 2012-13 with purchases of over Rs 1.92 lakh crore, as per the data in Antony’s reply. (Colombo Gazette)

Report by Easwaran Rutnam

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