Convey displeasure to Sri Lanka, Jayalalithaa urges Manmohan

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AIADMK leader cites the killing of Tamils, attacks on Indian fishermen

CHENNAI: AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa on Saturday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to call up his Sri Lankan counterpart and convey his displeasure over the killing of Tamils in the island nation and attacks on Indian fishermen.

In a statement here, she alleged that the Indian government had remained not just a passive witness but was an active collaborator by supplying arms, providing radars and training to the Sri Lankan armed forces.

“After the disastrous IPKF misadventure and the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, the Indian government had taken a decision that it would not get involved in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka. But now, we have the same government going all out to help the Sri Lankan armed forces,” she said.

Ms. Jayalalithaa said though it was not uncommon for one nation to offer training or supply arms to another country, in the case of Sri Lanka, the question arose as to who its target was.

“The Sri Lankan government may well claim that its Army is shooting only at the LTTE’s guerrilla fighters. But, claims made about the death toll indicate that it is not just the LTTE militants who are being mowed down, but a substantial part of the hapless Tamil population as well. So, in essence, Indian arms and ammunition sent from India are being used against the innocent Tamils of Sri Lanka,” she said.

“The Sri Lankan armed forces have also killed Indian fishermen in the sea. All the time, the Indian government has been saying that this matter has been taken up with the Sri Lankan government. But, no tangible action has been taken so far by the Indian government,” she alleged. “We are not asking for an armed invasion of Sri Lanka. What we look for is that the Indian Prime Minister should call up his Sri Lankan counterpart and make his displeasure known in clear terms,” she stressed.




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