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Updated: March 17, 2012 23:44 IST

Centre to share info on Lankan dignitaries' visit

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa during his visit to Chennai in December 2011. File photo
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa during his visit to Chennai in December 2011. File photo

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has informed Chief Minister Jayalalithaa that he has asked Central authorities to share information about the private visits of Sri Lankan VIPs and other dignitaries to Tamil Nadu with the State government beforehand.

His reply of March 11 was in response to the Chief Minister's letter of March 7, 2012, in which she had stated that it would be appropriate if the State government was given prior intimation about the visits.

The Chief Minister highlighted the difficulties faced by the State government owing to frequent visits by Sri Lankan officials, Army officers and VIPs to Tamil Nadu without informing it.

The Prime Minister said, “I am asking our authorities to bear your views in mind when they handle such visits in future and to share such information as they may have about such visits with the Government of Tamil Nadu beforehand.”

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I am proud, as every Indian should be, about the tone and tenor of
these interactions between the Tamilnadu Chief Minister, and our Prime
Minister. Consider this: The PM, a Sikh, and the CM (incidentally, a
non-Tamilian by birth), are interacting in a civil manner on a matter
of vital interest to Tamilnadu, an integral part of India. Things
could have been much worse if political conditions in India were
similar to many other parts of the world, where lack of mutual
respect, violence and rebellion are the order of the day. The Lankans have something to learn from this. If they had treated their people right in the first place, like the Indian central Government treats its States, Sri Lanka would have never had a civil war. This war has probably only entered a temporary lull, with the defeat of the LTTE. The Sri Lankan state will discover to its cost that continued ill treatment of its Tamil minority will be a festering problem that can only lead to another more devastating conflict.

from:  CS Venkat
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 18:26 IST

They come here to show the rest of the world that they are in good terms with India, which indeed they are but not with this state. Atleast the warcrime committed by them is now been recognised world-wide. People in the state feel guilty that they were mere spectators when the war was happening so the aftermath of the war has really got into the nerves of the TN people! Its a right move by the CM to be previously informed of any future visits by the war-criminals!

from:  Venkat
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 15:33 IST

The Sri Lankan Army Commander Sivendra Silva, who lead the armed forces in the last battle in the wr zone and responsible for the killing and other sexual attrocities (in tens of thousands), is now The Deputy UN Ambassaddor for Sri Lanka. Where as the US soldier who massacred 16 Afkan civilians recently has been arrested and detained in a US maximum security prison this morning. Are similar Sri Lankan diplomats & army officers visiting India too? I can understand TN Chief Minister's concern in this respect.

from:  Kumar
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 14:13 IST
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