August 5, 1989 |
India on Friday offered to withdraw 1,500 troops a week if the largest Tamil guerrilla group observes a cease-fire, government sources here said. About 45,000 Indian troops are in Sri Lanka to enforce a July, 1987, peace accord aimed at ending ethnic strife in the Indian Ocean republic, where the government is dominated by the Sinhalese majority.
July 30, 1989 |
India staged a token withdrawal of 600 soldiers Saturday and opened negotiations with Sri Lanka on the departure of the rest of its 45,000 troops sent to quell ethnic violence in this island nation. Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa, who had demanded the removal of "the last Indian soldier" by the end of July, sought to portray Saturday's hastily arranged withdrawal as a victory for his government.
January 6, 1989 |
Indian peacekeeping troops have begun leaving Sri Lanka, an Indian official said Thursday, nearly 18 months after the soldiers arrived on a mission to disarm Tamil rebels and enforce a cease-fire. "Some Indian troops have already left Sri Lanka during the past two days, and another battalion is scheduled to leave Sunday," said Gurjit Singh, a spokesman for the Indian High Commission.
September 9, 1989 |
Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi said Friday his government has reached preliminary agreement with Sri Lanka to withdraw 42,000 Indian soldiers sent to that island nation to end ethnic violence, the Press Trust of India reported. The news agency quoted him as saying the agreement is subject to review and approval by Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa.
December 7, 1987 |
Soviet-built MIG-29 fighter aircraft were formally inducted into India's air force Sunday, and the country's defense minister said the new planes make it one of the most modern forces in the world. The Press Trust of India said India's air force is the first outside the Soviet Union to be equipped with the all-weather interceptor, which the North Atlantic Treaty Organization calls the Fulcrum.