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MoS Urges Parties to not Politicise CHOGM

Published: 17th November 2013 12:41 PM

Last Updated: 17th November 2013 12:44 PM

Union Minister of State for c V Narayanasamy on Saturday urged leaders of political parties in Tamil Nadu, including Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and DMK president M Karunanidhi, to refrain from politicising the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) conference.

Briefing newsmen at a press conference here, C “The demand of Tamil Nadu leaders that India should not be represented in the meeting was not in the interest of the nation and Sri Lankan Tamils. If India had refrained, who would speak up for the Sri Lankan Tamils?” he asked.

The Union Minister said that Indian government had provided `10,000 crore for rehabilitation by way of construction of 50,000 houses,  railway projects, 500 MW power plant, college and schools in Northern Sri Lanka inhabited by Lankan Tamils. Moreover,the devolution of powers under 13th Amendment and de-militarisation of Tamil-speaking areas based on the Rajiv-Jayarwardene accord has still not been materialised.

In these circumstances, somebody should represent India to discuss and press Sri Lanka to construct the houses for the Tamils there, help them to get their land back and to withdraw the military from Tamil dominant areas. Only if India holds discussions with Sri Lanka and press for demilitarisation of Tamil areas, implementation of the 13th Amendment and other issues, the problems could be resolved, said Narayasamy.

Even C V Wigneswaran, Chief Minister of Northern Province dominated by Tamils, had requested India to participate, he pointed out.

Narayanasamy said that Centre is taking steps for organising discussion between the Tamil Nadu fishermen and their Lankan counterparts for resolving the fishermen issue by  demarcation of fishing areas between the two nations. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister had agreed for the discussion one and half months ago and subsequently Sri Lankan authorities have also agreed. The meeting could be held in the second week of December when an amicable settlement is reached, he added.

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