India won’t backtrack on SL Tamils’ issue

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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told a Tamil National Alliance (TNA) delegation yesterday that India will not backtrack from its position that Tamils in Sri Lanka should lead a life of "dignity and self-respect" in a peaceful environment, TNA leader R. Sampanthan said.

The PTI quoted Dr. Singh as saying that India would continue to engage with the TNA in its efforts to find a political solution to the decades-long Tamil question.

“The Prime Minister said India will never backtrack from its position that Tamils in Sri Lanka should lead a life of dignity and self-respect in a peaceful environment. He told us that India is fully with the concerns faced by the Sri Lankan Tamils and will continue to engage with the TNA,” Mr. Sampanthan said.
During separate meetings with Dr. Singh and External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, Mr. Sampanthan said the TNA would consider joining the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on finding a political solution provided the Mahinda Rajapaksa Government gave a firm assurance that the Tamils would not be ‘cheated again’.

Describing the meeting with Dr. Singh and Mr. Krishna as "extremely good", Mr. Sampanthan said the TNA had told the Indian Prime Minister that the party was committed to achieving a political solution but would want an assurance from the Sri Lankan Government that the "negativity" would be removed.

Sources said during the meetings, the Indian side also explained its position and how it was working with the Sri Lankan Government in implementing the 13th Amendment plus approach which envisaged devolution of power to Tamil-dominated provinces.
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  • Saman Friday, 12 October 2012 10:32 AM

    There is no secret that the war hungry diaspora living overseas as fake refugees and their so called "humanitarian" supports who made merry during the war including the TNA gan , the NGOs and the so called internationalists here and overseas continue to dream on about that day. The dream however was shot dead in the head at the nanthikadal lagoon on the 18 of May 2009.

    Yuri Friday, 12 October 2012 04:28 AM

    Yes Yes... Now you can go back to sleep

    xlntgson Saturday, 13 October 2012 11:14 AM

    Quasi federal system in India works, however problematic, it won't burst easily like the lose federal USSR, Yugoslavia etc.

    lal Friday, 12 October 2012 06:19 AM

    Sampathan, you are not going to achieve anything by running to India. Participate with your sinhala brothers and sisters to build the nation politically, economically and socially to achieve good outcomes for all Sri Lankans. India will say they won't backtrack but, will only BACKSTAB Tamils and you, just like they BACKSTABBED Sri Lanka in March. Get smart!

    Sumithi Friday, 12 October 2012 01:18 AM

    Every person in the world has that right...
    So Only the 13 amendment talks....

    kumar Friday, 12 October 2012 07:00 AM

    Thank you for your concern about the internal problems in TNA. But the TNA leaders will sort it out if they have.

    kumar Friday, 12 October 2012 07:08 AM

    First of all the ruling party should treat there own MP's and members equally, then we can think about the positiveness.

    Big Ears Friday, 12 October 2012 02:17 AM

    Well said sir, we have to look after the rights of all the people. A clear indication of path India will take at the next UNHRC meeting. We can not forget the past. It is the Buddhist philosophy.

    MirakRajBanda Friday, 12 October 2012 02:32 AM

    Yes Mr. Singh, it should not only Tamils but also Muslims, Burghers, Veddas, Malays and tiny pocket of Chinese comprise the larger Sri Lankan Community exercise and grant the equal rights in all aspects of life including much anticipated cricket. It is in the constitution but rather worryingly not practiced in Sri Lanka.
    By the way, are the Tamils and Sikhs are happy in Tamil Nadu and Punjab? I really don't think so but I'm just curious…..

    Ronnie Wade Friday, 12 October 2012 08:18 AM

    India's fragemted" State Govt" system is the bigest drawback to,the country becoming an Economic power house.and lifting the living standards of the great majority.

    Dr Singh does not need anyone to remind him how ineffecteve their system is.

    Neither Dr Singh would want to impose a similar system in Srilanka.

    Lobo Friday, 12 October 2012 02:39 AM

    Can you please solve the internal issues within the TNA first? Once you've done that please see to the tamils in India and then if you have time and energy you can look out for the SL tamils.

    Raja Perera Friday, 12 October 2012 06:11 PM

    Time has come to change the track to achieve the Aim of India.

    ravi Friday, 12 October 2012 03:11 AM

    Tomorrow never comes like last three years same old story.

    Sagara Friday, 12 October 2012 03:26 AM

    Mr. Sampanthan, I understand, the SL government is fully positive of providing equality under law for all and provide equal opportunities for all citizens of Sri Lanka. Are you negative about it?

    R.Suntha Friday, 12 October 2012 03:27 AM

    Hope their deeds match the pious words, released through the Tamil leader.

    Nirmala Friday, 12 October 2012 09:27 AM

    Yes yes, we are very much in the making of a much stronger LTTE!

    Saman Friday, 12 October 2012 03:32 AM

    Until the TNA guys wake up from Velu's dreams, they achieve nothing. Failed, rejected and now dead LTTE ideology will continue to segregate them from the mainstream Sri Lankan political arena until they become nothing but a cardboard political party just like the JVP is today. Remember what happened to the gang in the recently concluded elections in the East?


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