Special Correspondent

TINDIVANAM: Pattali Makkal Katchi founder S.Ramadoss has said that going by the United Nation’s convention, India has rights to militarily intervene in Sri Lanka to create a separate Tamil Eelam.

He was speaking at a public meeting organised here on Sunday to campaign for All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam candidate M.Anandan contesting in the Villupuram (Reserve) Parliamentary constituency.

Dr. Ramadoss was referring to the contention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa’s statement on creating Tamil Eelam was not feasible because India had no rights to interfere in the internal affairs of a sovereign country.

Dr. Ramadoss pointed out that as per the UN Convention, whenever atrocities against people assumed genocide proportions in a nation, the neighbouring country had the “responsibility to protect the oppressed.”

He alleged that the Prime Minister had ignored this aspect of the UN Convention. He said that Dr. Singh’s perceptions about the LTTE and its leader differed vastly from that of Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, which was seen during the Prime Minister’s a recent visit to Tamil Nadu.

Mr. Karunanidhi had gone on record stating that creation of Tamil Eelam was possible; LTTE chief V.Prabakaran was not a terrorist and the LTTE had high ideals.

But Dr. Singh had categorically stated that Tamil Eelam was not feasible; the national policy proclaimed Prabakaran as a wanted person (in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi) and it was a proscribed terrorist organisation.