India 'serious' about Jaya’s concern

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The Indian Central Government had assured that the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, J. Jayalalithaa, that it will take into account her opinion on unannounced visits by Sri Lankan VIPs to the State, saying it will take the matter 'seriously'.

“We are a federal state, we have the greatest respect for States. Whatever is the assessment of the State Governments, we will take it seriously, but we will see how we can reconcile the issue,” the External Affairs Minister, Mr S. M. Krishna, said.

“I would like to assure the Chief Minister that her opinion will certainly be factored in the decision we are going to take,” he told presspersons here en-route to Singapore.

Ms Jayalalithaa had written to the Prime Minister, Mr Manmohan Singh, asking him to discourage unannounced visits of Sri Lankan dignitaries to the State, saying the people were “greatly exercised” over the Lankan Government’s handling of the Tamils issue.

She had said Sri Lankan VIPs should be allowed to the State only after consulting the State Government.

On the demand from parties, including the AIADMK and the Congress’ ally, DMK, that the Centre back a US-sponsored resolution against Colombo in the ongoing session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) on alleged war crimes, he said New Delhi will consider every aspect before taking a final stand.

“Well, we will certainly take into account the overall relationship between India and Sri Lanka and the sentiments in our country (Tamil Nadu). We will take every factor into consideration before taking a final call,” Mr Krishna said.

India is providing humanitarian aid to the internally displaced “Tamil-speaking brothers and sisters” in the island nation, Mr Krishna said, adding that he had himself seen the renovation of schools and other works.

On India rejecting the visa application of a Japanese national who was to share her experience about the Fukushima nuclear disaster, he said it was the prerogative of the Government to decide on such matters.

Ms Maya Kobayashi, a survivor of the Fukushima nuclear tragedy, was due to visit India on the invitation of the Greenpeace Foundation to share her experience with communities living close to proposed nuclear power plants, but was denied a visa after a “mismatch” was detected in her travel document and the purpose of her visit. (PTI)

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  • ajith Friday, 09 March 2012 05:17 AM

    Mighty India is bullying tiny Srilanka.
    We will eliminate you at Asia Cup in Bangladesh.

    Ananda Thursday, 08 March 2012 10:19 AM

    Talking of Tamil brothers and sisters, India trained some of them to take arms against Sri Lanka.

    Modia Thursday, 08 March 2012 10:19 AM

    India will support Jaya for own interest and get support.
    Why do we want India, agin anothr LTTE ,
    Dont go to them. Do right to our own people please. Respect human.When you do wrong only you have to worry. Please learn from Singapore and do things. Dont belive India agins please

    Patriotic138 Thursday, 08 March 2012 10:23 AM

    why does this make sri lankan news? I simply could not care less.

    Britany Spears Thursday, 08 March 2012 10:46 AM

    Does this mean India doesn't take her seriously for the rest of the time?

    buffaloa citizen Thursday, 08 March 2012 11:14 AM

    Try to move the island close to China if possible, then.

    buffaloa citizen Thursday, 08 March 2012 11:15 AM

    Their are too many like you in this country, this is the reason for all the problems.

    Nodrog Friday, 09 March 2012 02:40 AM

    Jaya is a clown who should not be taken seriously and those who do are even bigger clowns.

    NonResident Friday, 09 March 2012 06:52 PM

    Sri Lanka too should reconsider issueing visas to Indians resident in Tamil Nadu.


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