India, Sri Lanka Files Among 195 Documents Destroyed In Britain

London:  Around 195 files including documents relating to relations between India and Sri Lanka at the peak of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) led civil war have been destroyed by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), sparking concern among archivists and researchers.

While the FCO said any destruction decision would have been taken based on the country’s records policy, experts believe the loss of the files means there is no record of an important period of history.

Britain’s MI5 and the Secret Air Service (SAS) had reportedly advised Sri Lanka’s security forces during the LTTE crisis between 1978 and 1980.

“Two of the documents they destroyed were called ‘Sri Lanka/India relations’ from 1979 and 1980,” said journalist and researcher Phil Miller, who discovered the files were missing as part of a freedom of information request.

The documents are expected to have had references to India’s relations with the island nation, including the…

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