SL Tamil leaders not for Eelam: Indian MP

23 April 2012 02:32 am - 10     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Tamil leaders in Sri Lanka wanted a political solution to the ethnic problem within the framework of united Sri Lanka and no one raised the issue of a separate Tamil Eelam, said CPI(M) MP T.K. Rangarajan, who was part of the Indian Parliamentary delegation that toured Sri Lanka last week.

When asked about DMK president M. Karunanidhi's demand for United Nations intervention and referendum for formation of Tamil Eelam on the lines of East Timor, Kosovo and Montenegro, Mr Rangarajan said the team interacted almost with every Tamil leaders and none of them, including representatives of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), pressed for Eelam.

“At the citizens meeting at Jaffna and also in a session with the Sri Lankan MPs, TNA leader Sampanthan stressed for a political solution within the united Sri Lanka and never talked about Eelam,” he said.

“I am a Sri Lankan and wanted to die as a Sri Lankan,” Mr Rangarajan quoted Mr Sampanthan as saying.

“One issue that moved all of us was the plight of 45,000 Tamil widows. In Batticaloa alone, there are 23,000 widows, 13,000 of whom are under the age of 23. I could not control my emotions when I talked to them,” Mr Rangarajan said.

The Indian delegation took up the issue with Mr Rajapaksa and he had said there were another 30,000 widows of Sri Lankan soldiers who were killed in the war. (The Hindu)

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  • Bavana John Monday, 23 April 2012 09:40 AM

    Let him have Elahm in India not in SL

    sensiv Monday, 23 April 2012 10:49 PM

    There is a 60 year problem which needs a solution. Ramanathan Never wanted to separate, Ponnambalam never wanted to separate, Chelvanayagam did not want to separate and after two abrogated agreements he subscribed to the Elam demand which was taken over by Prabaharan in the meantime we had a constitution change -Amendment 13 which was never implemented. as it was written under the insistence of India that's Sri Lankan History .

    OK everyone is now suffering peacefully does that mean anything? Should every one be in the same HELLl?

    Nodrog Monday, 23 April 2012 10:30 AM

    As a Sinhalese, I also would like to have respect, dignity and equal rights.

    Fayad Monday, 23 April 2012 03:50 AM

    We know that but your Karunanidi Aiyya wants Eealm

    DireStraits Monday, 23 April 2012 04:14 AM

    Those who fan the flames of racism and division like the JHU should be flogged in public as the only result of war is suffering and in this case 75,000 widows whilst you send the sons and daughters to their untimely death. That is what we as Sri Lankans both Tamil and Sinhalese have to show at the end. You will pay if not in this life ... go on fan the flames!

    Ajith Monday, 23 April 2012 04:27 AM

    That's a great news.....I am sure, most of the Tamils will agree on this...What they wanted is respect , dignity and equal rights...For people who says, Tamils are not discriminated, they should step into their shoes, to see their problems... The challenges are always not within the community, but with the system and politicians, the hunger for power...Disturbing news was the reason incident at Dambulla involving mosque....lets open our eyes , hearts and brain.....

    Criclover Monday, 23 April 2012 04:44 AM

    Good news.. suggest as a stop story...

    Mahadenamutta Monday, 23 April 2012 04:59 AM

    Join with the mejority and work for the betterman of the country

    hypocrite Monday, 23 April 2012 04:45 AM

    dont the Sinhala people have similar issues when they try to get anything done from government depts ? corruption, inefficiency, dont care attitude, harassment ? etc.. unless you know a politician its always a hassle to get anything done...whether you are sinhalese, tamil, moor, burgher...change the political system and corrupt politician subservient administrative system, then everyone will have equal status in this country...until then asking for rights and quality is a joke...more like changing the pillow for a headache....over to the government !

    anjosh Monday, 23 April 2012 05:21 AM

    Tamils were forced to seek Tamil Ealam due to the majority Sinhalese refusing to share power and accept federal constitution in Srilanka. If the Tamils do not wish separate state, it is wise to arrange for the UN referendum to stop this request once and for all.


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