Special Correspondent

Party distances itself from resolution

CHENNAI: The State committee of the CPI (M) on Monday made it clear that a Tamil Eelam propounded by a few political parties and organisations as a solution to the Sri Lankan ethnic crisis was not acceptable to it.

The party also sought to distance itself from the resolution adopted at the all-party meeting convened by the State government that MPs from Tamil Nadu would resign if the Indian government failed to intervene and stop the war in Sri Lanka in two weeks. “At the meeting itself, the CPI (M) representatives had clarified that the issue should be left to the decision of the parties,” said State secretary N. Varadarajan, explaining a resolution adopted at the two-day State Secretariat meeting of the party that ended on Monday.

“It has always been the stand of the CPI (M) that a political solution should be found by providing state autonomy to North and East provinces with all powers within the unified Sri Lanka. But both the sides went to war. The efforts made by Norwegian peace brokers also failed,” the party said.

Stating that the Tamils in Sri Lanka had been subjected to untold sufferings because of the Sri Lankan army’s military offensive, the party said two lakh people had left their homes and were living as refugees in their own country.

Calling upon the Centre to put pressure on the Sri Lankan government through diplomatic means to end the war, the CPI (M) said India should stop supplying weapons to the Sri Lankan army.

CPI State Secretary D.Pandian said he and senior leaders including R. Nallakannu and C. Mahendran will participate in the human chain.

PMK leader S. Ramadoss confirmed his participation.