Nuclear issue: Karunanidhi slams SL

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Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi has attacked Sri Lanka for suggesting that it is at risk from India's nuclear plants located in the South of India.

In response to a statement by a Sri Lankan minister that in September, his country will raise the issue with global atomic watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency or IAEA, Karunanidhi said, “The Kudankulam plant did not start yesterday, been there for a long time. If Lanka raises doubts now it is unacceptable.”

The nuclear project at Kudankulam in coastal Tamil Nadu, will upon completion, be India's largest atomic power plant. Phase 1 will see two nuclear reactors generating electricity within the next few months. The Kudankulam nuclear plant is 250 km from Sri Lanka's northwest coastal town of Mannar.

"We respect the right of India to have nuclear power stations. But our concerns are on the possible radiation affects they could have on Sri Lanka. We have already written a letter (to IAEA) ", Sri Lanka's Power and Energy Minister Champika Ranawaka said. The minister said the IAEA had proposed that a mutual agreement on the matter should be reached between the two countries. "We have sent a proposal to India through the External Affairs Ministry and the Indians have sent back a note on the matter," he said.

"I don't need to tell the Centre what to do, I am sure it will do the needful," said Mr Karunanidhi. (NDTV)

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  • buffaloa citizen Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:38 AM

    I just ask you one question. All the sinhalese celebrate New Year. This New Year belongs to the Hindu Calendar and mainly celebrated by dravidians. Then why are sinhalese celebrating this new year? Where is the sinhalese calendar? Dear Karunarathna alias once known as Karunarathnam...now can you find your f***g obvious roots?

    lal Tuesday, 10 April 2012 08:29 AM

    Sri Lanka has real concerns with what effects it may have on Sri Lanka in the event of an operational defect. We have to consider the Bhopal incident, combined with inefficient Indian industry and its government institutions. Huge risks for Sri Lanka.

    reader Tuesday, 10 April 2012 08:38 AM

    I have personal experience in poor quality indian products so their nuclear plant will also be of substandard quality that for sure and yes the bhopal incident i think this fellow karuanidi has forgotten all about it

    Real peace Tuesday, 10 April 2012 08:45 AM

    Sorry, Mr K, you are wrong on this issue. SL has the right to uphold the safety of her citizens.

    mohan Tuesday, 10 April 2012 09:21 AM

    ops it was build by Russians (they also have bad track record)

    Nodrog Tuesday, 10 April 2012 10:28 AM

    Then why was Tamil Nadu against having the nuclear plant all this time? They only recently approved it to get Delhi to vote against SL in Geneva.

    Nodrog Tuesday, 10 April 2012 10:40 AM

    Don't worry about SL...look after your starving and homeless masses and stop playing to the gallery.

    Rachel Jeyaraj Tuesday, 10 April 2012 11:08 AM

    India has all power to hit Sri Lanka......... Why this Kola Veri?

    Gayan Tuesday, 10 April 2012 03:52 PM

    We saw who got "hit" in 89. Still licking the wounds.

    Nicky Karunarathna Wednesday, 11 April 2012 06:27 AM

    Nucler not in my backyard mate. If these poor Tamils of SL in that part of the country die untimely death due to nucler leaks, they will accuse us for that too! We are more worried and concern about our Tamil brethren than Tamils live in Tamil Nadu without proper clothes or food.

    gafa Wednesday, 11 April 2012 06:19 AM

    Every action you take on us we will take and give you reactions MR.KARUNA
    Listen The ant is small but it could kill an elephant

    Rakitha Tuesday, 10 April 2012 12:05 PM

    Well Nodrog tell your guys in TN to stop playing to the gallery and putting thier dirty hands in SL,,, First help the starving people who are dieing in TN and clean that dirty state and then talk about other nations,,, by the way SL has all the write to protect our nation...... so back of Nodrog

    Tony Haniffa Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:04 AM

    You are talking nonsense if we give small finger you will grab the whole hand.why dont you go back to where you came from

    Sarwan Tuesday, 10 April 2012 01:24 PM

    The only solution to the problem of the island will be a two state solution with SL and TE, workng together peacefully.

    The UN and the IC will soon realise that LLRC cannot work and that it was just an eyewash by the GOSL.

    haid Tuesday, 10 April 2012 01:16 PM

    DMK- Diriththa mudiyatha Kalithai. A bear that cannot be tamed or reformed.

    buffaloa citizen Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:31 AM

    Absolute nonsense, have you ever heard an ant kill an elephant? Never...this is the baila your stupid leaders sing to you and you buffaloes also believe this.


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