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'Allow LTTE-Colombo talks in India'

CHENNAI, JAN. 31. With the Tamil Nadu Government stoutly opposing any move to allow the outlawed LTTE to hold peace talks with the Sri Lankan Government in Chennai, the pro-LTTE groups in the State rallied together here to urge India to assist the negotiations.

Hailing the LTTE chief, Prabakaran's ``military and diplomatic prowess'', the speakers at a seminar on ``the grief of Eelam Tamils and the duty of India'' warned that ``those who try to belittle LTTE will never succeed''. The Tamil Nationalist Movement leader and convener of the Eelam Tamils Supporters Coordination Committee, P. Nedumaran, questioning the rationale of opposing the LTTE citing the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, asked: ``Will you banish all Brahmins from the country because a Brahmin killed Mahatma Gandhi? Or deport Sikhs because a couple of them assassinated Indira Gandhi?''.

Criticising the AIADMK general secretary, Jayalalithaa, for asking the Indian Government not to give a ``base for the LTTE'', former AIADMK Minister, Panruti Ramachandran, said the Tamil Tigers were not demanding a ``base but only a guest house''.

The DPI convener and MLA, R.Tirumavalavan, said the Indian Government should support the proposed talks between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan Government.

All the speakers, including the Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam leader, Viduthalai Rajendran and the Tamil Nationalist Movement general secretary, S.P. Veerapandian, demanded immediate lifting of the ban on the LTTE.

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