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India is pressing Sri Lanka to amend the Constitution to ‘guarantee and ensure equal rights and equal status’ to Sri Lankan Tamils, India’s Congress party President Sonia Gandhi said in Chennai on Tuesday.

“In our neighbourhood, there is no issue closer to our heart than the rights of the Sri Lankan Tamil people. There has been significant progress last year and India had committed and provided large sums of money for the relief and rehabilitation of the affected people. We will do everything in our power to rehabilitate them,” she said, addressing an election rally on Island Ground along with Dravida Munetra Kazhagam president and Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi.

She said the Union government was spending substantial amount on rehabilitation of Sri Lankan Tamils and “we will continue our efforts at rehabilitation” [of the Tamils displaced in the war between the Sri Lankan Army and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam].

She also spoke of the firing on Tamil fishermen in the international waters which claimed a few lives.

“We are deeply pained that some lives of fishermen have been lost. We have been assured that there would be no firing in the future and we will continue to work to ensure this commitment is met,” she said.

(The Hindu)
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  • malkanthi Wednesday, 06 April 2011 07:42 AM

    Grateful for what?? Anyway grateful is merely a word without power in human being today. Obviously its the diaspora behind the scene.

    Godaya Wednesday, 06 April 2011 05:19 AM

    Our leaders cannot continue to ignore solving the minority problem anymore. Why should we give room for our Big Brother of anyone else for that matter interfere with our "internal" affairs?

    Bluff Bluff Wednesday, 06 April 2011 05:28 AM

    You could have saved all those expenditure to rehabilitate Sri Lankan Tamils if your husband and mother-in-law did not provide training facilities to LTTE in your soil. Can you deny it today?

    Nishan Wednesday, 06 April 2011 05:38 AM

    India..SL is not a anther state in india.

    malkanthi Wednesday, 06 April 2011 05:45 AM

    Exactly, though we have imported the religion, culture, traditions, fashion, movies etc etc from India!

    kaputakukula Wednesday, 06 April 2011 05:59 AM

    Shame you are the only one with a shallow mind and rotten brain.

    kaputakukula Wednesday, 06 April 2011 06:00 AM

    Kick the ladder you climbed with.

    DUWI Wednesday, 06 April 2011 08:41 AM

    Not only Tamils, equal rights should also be given to Muslims, Burghers, Malays, Moors and most importantly to Aadhi-Vaasees.

    admian palli Wednesday, 06 April 2011 08:48 AM

    China is Sri Lankas True Friend

    Super Dave Wednesday, 06 April 2011 06:17 AM

    As opposed to the shortsighted thinking of our people and politicians..this is a visionary statement. No reconciliation can come about without a sincere approach to drafting a policy which will address the grievences of all affected by this problem. Oppression which exists even now is not the way to go for lasting peace!

    Lanke Banda Wednesday, 06 April 2011 04:15 AM

    This is the very reason S.L.Govt.should have had second thoughts in accepting Indian Aid,Loans etc etc for the North. By accepting these S.L.Govt is under obligation to give in to any un fair demands by the Indian Politicians.

    Gayan Samarasekara Wednesday, 06 April 2011 04:20 AM

    How about trying to give equal rights to Indian Tamils?? At least madam Sonia can try to improve the life condition of them to that of the Sri Lankan Tamils, at least giving a TV to each Tamil family in India.

    senna Wednesday, 06 April 2011 06:55 AM

    Lucky SL is an Island , co connection to India.

    Priyanka Wednesday, 06 April 2011 04:46 AM

    that's what you tell the media. What you do/tell behind the close door tells who you are.

    Rajendra Wednesday, 06 April 2011 04:46 AM

    The Srilankan truth friend is not INdia The China is always the truth friend of Sri Lanka

    Yehiya-Doha Wednesday, 06 April 2011 04:51 AM

    Your political agenda will create lot of problems. bring the peacefully living situation to Tamil. The senior politician Anandasangari not allowed to go to his homeland.

    Niro Wednesday, 06 April 2011 07:12 AM

    Guys if you people have guts tell it to the face (Indian Gov), we dont need ur advice....

    wiki Wednesday, 06 April 2011 03:28 PM

    Learn from Iraq and libiya No near big brother,s wthout
    India same as iraq and libiya.

    Sammy Wednesday, 06 April 2011 05:03 AM

    Do not worry SL, with the TN elections to take place shortly these are political gimmicks employed for election purposes. Everything will be swept under the carpet after the elections.

    m-jaya Wednesday, 06 April 2011 05:08 AM

    How can you talk about equal rights of other people... when you still have barriers of becoming the leader of INDIA...? JUST ELECTION TACTICS..

    Anton Wednesday, 06 April 2011 07:32 AM

    Sri Lanka should not buckle under pressure from India; I think we should not allow their people to fish in our waters as they are not grateful to us. Also, it's time we found out which hostile intelligence agency is provoking the West to call HR violations and War Crimes.

    Ceylonese Wednesday, 06 April 2011 05:20 AM

    Why another country is worrying about sri lankan tamils?
    Wake up all Sri Lankan...!!! (If there any)


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