DMK RETREATS, ONLY HALF WAY 

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By FROM PRANAY SHARMA
  • Published 8.06.00
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New Delhi, June 8 :     The Centre today managed to get the DMK to publicly fall in line with its Sri Lanka policy, but failed to make it fully retract the suggestion for partitioning the island nation to resolve the ethnic tangle. Commerce minister and DMK leader Murasoli Maran, who was asked to attend today's meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security, said his party was in "full agreement" with the government. But he refused to withdraw Tamil Nadu chief minister M. Karunanidhi's suggestion of dividing the island. "What the chief minister said has been blown out of proportion," he said, referring to the DMK chief's recent remarks that Sri Lanka should be split into two.