Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: It is regrettable that the Indian Government, which backs the cause of Palestinians, is not supporting Sri Lankan Tamils who are also fighting for a cause, said speakers at a meeting here on Tuesday.

They asked why India, which used to have frequent meetings with Sri Lankan officials, did not call for a meeting with the leaders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to know their views. They were confident that days were not far off when a free Tamil Eelam would become a reality.

Releasing a book written by Tamil Desiya Iyakkam president P. Nedumaran, Dravidar Kazhagam president K. Veeramani said the situation in Tamil areas of the island was similar to that of Kashmir and India, which was eager to settle the Kashmir issue by holding talks with them, was not showing interest in the welfare of the Sri Lankan Tamils who belonged to the same Tamil race here.

K.P. Aravanan, former Vice-Chancellor of Manonmaniyam Sundaranar University, who presided, said the LTTE cadres should not be called terrorists as they were fighting for the rights of their people. He congratulated Mr. Nedumaran for steadfastly supporting the cause of Tamil Eelam.

Two other books written by Mr. Nedumaran were released.