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Updated: October 31, 2013 09:25 IST

Wigneswaran invites Manmohan to visit Jaffna

Sandeep Dikshit
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C.V. Wigneswaran. Special Arrangement
Special Arrangement C.V. Wigneswaran. Special Arrangement

‘Sri Lanka’s Tamil community wants India to remain engaged on issues important to them’

While a decision is still to be taken on whether the Prime Minister will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has invited Manmohan Singh to visit Jaffna (capital of the Tamil majority province).

In a message to Dr. Singh, Mr. Wigneswaran thanked the Prime Minister and India for “persuading the Sri Lankan government” to hold the Northern Province elections under the 13th Amendment. He underlined that he had won the elections in the province — the focal point of fierce battles between Sri Lankan armed forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, with a large number of civilians badly affected — by a “sizeable majority.”

“Basically, Mr. Wigneswaran would like Dr. Singh to engage both in Colombo and Jaffna. This also shows that Sri Lanka’s Tamil community wants India to remain engaged on issues important to them such as national reconciliation, political devolution of power and resettlement of the displaced,” said official sources about their reading after External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid met Mr. Wigneswaran in Jaffna earlier this month, which was followed up with Monday’s letter to the Prime Minister.

Besides trying to persuade Colombo to provide more autonomy to the Northern Province, New Delhi is involved in rehabilitation and resettlement programmes. But taking note of the allegations of human rights abuses during the conflict and problems faced by Tamil Nadu fishermen, the State Assembly passed a resolution calling on the Centre to completely boycott CHOGM.

Against this scenario, Mr. Khurshid recently said, “By not engaging with Sri Lanka, India would be losing out. How can India do it without engaging?” MEA officials too feel that the new Northern Province leadership should be given the space to negotiate more autonomy with Colombo.

The officials also drew attention to contradictory approaches in India to the Tamils issue in Sri Lanka. “Practically everyday we are reminded by the Tamil Nadu government to do something about the fishermen issue. On the other hand, we are asked not to have any dialogue.”

“To break ties by giving in to sentimental and emotional reasons would not be correct. This is a crunch time in the region and India’s strategic, security and national interests should come first. India should not cede space to others by not being there [at CHOGM],” they added.

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Yes, PM should boycot CHOGM. It is Tamil Nadu votes that will keep him as PM at next elections. What can CHOGM do at the elections? If Canada can think of their local politics and Tamil votes, then certainly why not Indians!!
The whole world knows it. Australia, UK has no immeidate elections and does not require Tamil votes for the moment.

from:  Sri Anandhan
Posted on: Nov 1, 2013 at 23:58 IST

Jaffna people really wiser than rest ,because they had selected right man as cm.hope
he will be gem for whole country,rather than limited to part of country.

from:  Sanjeewa Skad
Posted on: Nov 1, 2013 at 20:41 IST

Mere rhetorical talk or will it be result in real action on the ground
for war ravaged people?

from:  Srivanamoth
Posted on: Nov 1, 2013 at 00:01 IST

India is elated by the invitation of North chief minister to Indian Prime Minister.North chief Minister should be more shrewd,tactful and diplomatic while dealing with the PM of India and President of sri lanka. Both are having their own agendas to implement in Jaffna!Chief minister of the North should tackle them smartly to the advantage of the Tamil people at large so that their interest and aspirations are not negotiated or bargained or mortgaged under any pretext.The tamils should regain their lost glory and regain their lost rights and they should live like their singalese brethern on par with them.Jaffna tamils are not enamoured of developmentsal aids either from Newdelhi or colombo, but their basic grievances should be met with,more than any material support. They should protect and safeguard their distinct social and ethnic identity in their traditional homeland.There should be no agression or transagression on any pretext.Indian PM should help Jaffna to achieve this goal.

from:  Balasundaraam
Posted on: Oct 31, 2013 at 21:04 IST

I have a comment about the incessant mischief created by Mr. Karunanidhi and the
other supporters of Tamil separatism. Had Mr. Karunanidhi and the other Dravidian
parties not supported tamil separatism in Sri Lanka, it is possible that the world
could have been spared the terrorism and bloodshed that occurred as a consequence
of the Eelam movement over the past 30 years.

from:  krishnan
Posted on: Oct 31, 2013 at 18:51 IST

Our new Chief Minister, Justice Wigneswaran, is proving himself to be a wise man. We have been fortunate to have him at this crucial point in our history as Tamils and as Sri Lankans

from:  Dr.R.Narendran
Posted on: Oct 31, 2013 at 09:23 IST

We always respect our hon.CM and hon.PM of India.

from:  Jaffna Tamils
Posted on: Oct 31, 2013 at 08:11 IST

It will be in India's Srilankan Tamils and SL Government interest to
work together and allow wounds to heal.
Rajiv Gandhi had the best intentions and India would have resolved
the problem with the cooperation of SL Government and moderate Tamils.
But the opposition of militants damaged the chances. Result was that
Rajiv lost his life and hundreds of thousands of Tamils suffered.
Violence and emotions would not solve the problem . Politicians in
Tamil Nadu are aiming at Votes in 2014 not the welfare of SL Tamils.
The earlier SL Tamils realize this the better for them. May be Rahul
Gandhi should visit Jafna. Not as a politician but as the son of Rajiv
who was a true well wisher of SL Tamils

from:  Kuriakose Varkey
Posted on: Oct 31, 2013 at 06:56 IST
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