Special Correspondent

A rally will be held in Chennai on July 8

CHENNAI: The Dalit Panthers, Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam, Indian National League, All-India Moovendar Munnani Kazhagam and a fringe groups on Tuesday urged the Government to make its stand clear on Sri Lanka Tamils' issue. Dalit Panthers general secretary Thol. Thirumavalavan said these parties and groups adopted a resolution stating that a rally would be held in Chennai on July 8 in support of the demand to ensure protection to Tamils of Sri Lanka.

The resolution called upon all political parties and organisations interested in Tamil nationalism and safety of the Eelam Tamils to take part in the programme in order to demonstrate the unity of the people in the State on the issue.

Through another resolution, the meeting urged the Government of India to immediately give up plans to supply arms and military equipment to Sri Lankan Government, as they would be used against the Tamils.

It called for steps to send a delegation comprising all-party MPs and MLAs from the State to Sri Lanka, besides allowing a team of Tamil parliamentarians from the island to visit India to acquire first hand information on the situation prevailing there.

The Left, which had been accusing the United Progressive Alliance Government of adopting a pro-United States stand, should come forward to criticise the Government of India's stand on the Lanka ethnic issue too, the meeting said.

The meeting also urged the Government of India to provide necessary assistance to the Tamil refugees through the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

To a query, Mr. Thirumavalavan said there was no difference between his party and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam on the issue relating to ensuring safety of the island Tamils.