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Border clashes between India, Pakistan unfortunate: Sirisena

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

Sri Lanka's on Friday said border clashes between and are unfortunate as he addressed a special session of the country's parliament to mark the 150th birth

who does not usually attend parliament made a special visit to the House to make an address as the parliament was convened on an adjournment debate to pay tribute to

Recalling Gandhi's biography and references made in it on the creation of Pakistan, said, "He (Gandhi) told please do not break away to create as a separate state. He told him to become the of along with the rest of the leaders of the great Indian independence movement."

"He broke down in tears when was created," Sirisena.

The said border clashes between and Pakistan are unfortunate.

"Both countries are suffering due to this border clashes and are spending billions to safeguard borders and to preserve their national security," he said.

who opened the special debate said, "is shared by all of us. He inspired the independence movement of the countries in the neighbourhood such as "

The main opposition and R Sampanthan said the Tamil minority in should have followed Gandhi in their struggle for political freedom.

"We could have averted the armed struggle if we had done

Sathyagraha, civil disobedience and ahinsa on the lines of what Gandhi had taught us," Sampanthan said.

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 20:55 IST