Moopanar cautions Govt. on Sri Lanka

TIRUCHI, MAY 7. The Union Government should shape its policy towards the recent happenings in Sri Lanka with extreme caution, since it was a delicate issue and the NDA coalition Government had its own constraints and limitations, said Mr. G. K. Moopanar, TMC president, here today.

Asked to comment on the open support extended by the PMK and MDMK leaders to the banned LTTE and its fight for Tamil Eelam against the Sri Lankan Government, Mr. Moopanar said that it was for the NDA leadership to explain whether it would permit its constituent partners to support secessionist and militant activities in the country or outside. The PMK and the MDMK leaders also should make their stand clear whether they were in favour of terrorism in the country.

Asked whether he was satisfied with the stand taken by the Union Government on the Sri Lankan issue, Mr. Moopanar hoped the Vajpayee Government would follow a policy consistent with the long term interests of the nation, and the security and sovereignty of the country.

Mr. Moopanar said that personally he had sympathy for the plight of the Tamils in Sri Lanka. The Chief Minister, Mr. Karunanidhi, could have convened a meeting of the political parties in the State on the developments in the island nation before he held discussions with the Prime Minister on the issue,he added.