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Author:  Guest [ Sun Jul 13, 2008 7:08 am ]
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Indian, Pakistani military to arrive in Colombo for SAARC security
First Indian military contingent here Tuesday

Three thousand strong Indian military team providing security for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his delegation will arrive in Colombo for SAARC summit. A five hundred strong contingent of Pakistani military personnel is expected to arrive with President Pervez Musharaff. The Afghan contingent is expected to be less than hundred.

By Gayan Kumara Weerasinghe
@ LBN /13July2008


The first contingent of a three thousand strong Indian military team providing security for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his delegation, will arrive in Colombo on Tuesday.

This first contingent is expected to be about 1000 military personnel.

Another contingent is scheduled to arrive on the 20th of this month.

According to some local reports, Two Five Star hotels in Colombo have been fully booked for two weeks for the accommodation of these Indian military personnel.

The last batch of the Indian military personnel will arrive later this month aboard an Indian naval vessel. This vessel will be anchored in the Colombo port as long as the Indian delegation stays here. Troops aboard the ship will disembark only in an emergency, well placed defence sources said.

Earlier, the Sri Lankan government acceded to the request by India, Pakistan and Afghanistan to bring in their own troops for the protection of their VIPs. Accordingly, helicopters for transport of VIPs, along with bullet proof vehicles, would be sent to Sri Lanka and manned by their security personnel.

A five hundred strong contingent of Pakistani military personnel is expected to arrive with President Pervez Musharaff. The Afghan contingent is expected to be less than hundred.


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