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Sri Lanka says no violation by U.S. jets

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08:45, August 11, 2011

COLOMBO, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lankan authorities on Wednesday said investigations have now found that U.S. jets had not violated the country's airspace last week.

Civil Aviation Minister Priyankara Jayaratne informed the island's parliament that not a single foreign aircraft had entered Sri Lanka's airspace.

A U.S. aircraft carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, with accompanying ships recently transited the Indian Ocean while returning to the Pacific and conducted routine flight operations during the transit.

The U.S. embassy in Colombo had said that the jets which were on the aircraft carrier had flown outside of Sri Lanka's airspace.

However the Sri Lankan air force said on Tuesday that U.S. jets had entered Sri Lanka's airspace but they withdraw after communication was established with the pilots.

Jayaratne however told legislators on Wednesday that investigations found that no foreign aircraft had violated the country's airspace.

Aair force spokesman Andrew Wijeysuriya told Xinhua on Wednesday that they maintain the position that U.S. jets did enter Sri Lankan airspace as they were picked up on the radars.


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