India should change its Sri Lanka policy: AIADMK

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The AIADMK Wednesday urged India to change its Sri Lanka policy and branded Colombo as an "enemy" of the Tamils.

"It is time the Lanka-centric approach of the external affairs ministry is changed to a Tamil welfare-centric approach," AIADMK leader V. Maitreyan said in the Rajya Sabha.

"As far as we Tamils are concerned, Sri Lanka is an enemy country, and it will remain so until justice is meted out to the Tamils," he said.

He said there was "a general perception" that the Indian foreign ministry was run by diplomats "whose mindset needs to be changed".

Maitreyan placed in the house a report by Human Rights Watch on sexual violence in Sri Lanka and a CD of a Channel 4 documentary on human rights abuses in that country.

He also submitted photographs of the 12-year-old son of the late Tamil Tigers chief Velupillai Prabhakaran who is said to have been captured and shot dead in cold blood by the Sri Lankan military.

Maitreyan alleged that there was no accountability to the "war crimes" committed in Sri Lanka during the final phase of the war that crushed the Tamil Tigers in May 2009.

Echoing much of what Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha has stated earlier, the AIADMK MP insisted that Sri Lanka was in no position to probe the alleged "war crimes".

"A country which does not have an independent judiciary cannot investigate itself."

He urged India to move a single-line resolution in the UN condemning the "genocide" of Tamils in Sri Lanka and sought an economic embargo against Colombo.

Maitreyan took a dig at the DMK, saying any amount of conferences and meetings with foreign diplomats in New Delhi on the Sri Lanka issue "will not wash away the sins of the past".

His reference to the DMK's failure to put pressure on the Congress-led government to end the punishing Sri Lankan military offensive against the Tigers drew vocal condemnation from DMK members.

"All that you have to do," Maitreyan said, looking at the DMK members, "is to force the UPA government to act, and to act firmly in Sri Lanka". (IANS)
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  • danush Wednesday, 27 February 2013 12:00 AM

    ohhhh man wats wrong with india well I mean no disrespect. I think d problem is karunanidhi . plsss ppl leave us lankans alone I am a tamil nd I can say tht living here in sl is jst a gift we all r one in here we dnt take races inti account we are SRI LANKANS ND THTS IT PLSSS leave us alone via DM Android App

    Ranil Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:15 AM

    We made india our enemy way back in the 80's when you armed and trained the ltte

    SHANTHI BANDARA Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:47 AM

    first with the western countries then neighbouring countries now gulf.

    any more countries to have a fight?????

    Gamran Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:51 AM

    What about the child suicde bombers of the tigers.When they were killing innocent Tamils & others tamilnadu was silent as they were scared of tigers.

    gihan Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:53 AM

    The govenment has to solve the Muslim and Bodubala sena issue ASAP,therwise Sri Lanka will be the enemies of Muslims as well.

    Sri Lankan Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:54 AM

    U Tamil Nadu Politian’s know how many children under 12 yrs of age assassinated by the LTTE. U gys know the truth behind LTTE btr than anyone in the world. Pls don’t paly the racist politics. everybody knows whom U're. Don’t stage the naked politics.

    hemjey Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:58 AM

    Sri Lanka is the last country in South Asia which has (had) friendly relationship with India for a long time....
    No friends for them in west, east and north?
    Now south..
    Why Tamils still live in enemy state? bring them back and save..

    K Tilak Wednesday, 27 February 2013 03:38 PM

    Reading all these comments, it seems to me that India's interference in Sri Lanka is creaing more anti Tamil feelings, rather than the Reconciliation, She is trying to achieve.

    nicky karunarathna Thursday, 28 February 2013 05:21 AM

    Whether it is change or not there is no stark difference I suppose.

    Saskia Wednesday, 27 February 2013 04:00 PM

    What a sick mind you have. Do you know the weight of an AK-47 rifle?

    ANTON Wednesday, 27 February 2013 09:33 AM

    12 year old son of Prabakaran is a child soldier, he was inside a bunker at the time of his death.

    kandykolla Wednesday, 27 February 2013 09:40 AM

    I wonder if Osama`s kid was killed similar to this would he get any sympathies ? How many innocent children were used as child soldiers and got killed ??

    James Wednesday, 27 February 2013 09:44 AM

    Thank you AIADMK. Its very much true that "A country which does not have an independent judiciary cannot investigate itself."

    Elakiri Wednesday, 27 February 2013 12:00 AM

    He needs to get bombed. Then only these TN lunatics will understand. via DM Android App


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