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Within days of AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa becoming new Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Sri Lanka has reached out to her through a “congratulatory” letter by Foreign Minister Prof G L Peiris.

Interestingly, this comes three weeks after Jayalalithaa had asked the Centre to take immediate steps to make Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his aides stand trial in the International Court of Justice for their “war crimes”. The statement was made during an election speech.

Sources said the letter — short but crisp — was an “unprecedented” gesture on the part of Sri Lanka and Peiris had not just wished her well but also indicated Colombo’s intention to “work with her” for the welfare of the people of both countries.

After the war with the LTTE got over following the killing of Velupillai Prabhakaran in May 2009, sources said Colombo realised that “peace moves” needed to be made with the ruling dispensations in southern state of Tamil Nadu, where Tamils empathise with the Sri Lankan Tamils. This realisation has apparently prompted the Sri Lankan government to “engage” with Tamil Nadu as well as the Union government.

Peiris, who concluded his first bilateral visit to India on Tuesday, described it as “good”. He met PM Manmohan Singh, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, apart from holding bilateral talks with External Affairs Minister S M Krishna in the last two days. The two foreign ministers discussed the issue of Indian fishermen being fired at by the Sri Lankan Navy. Peiris also briefed the Indian leaders about progress on resettlement and rehabilitation of Sri Lankan Tamils, whose numbers in the camps have come down from 2.97 lakh to 10,000. (indianexpress)


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  • Lanke Banda Wednesday, 18 May 2011 06:38 AM

    Cali what is this hand when compared to Praba's. Just think a minute.

    Wimal_Modawansa Wednesday, 18 May 2011 06:45 AM

    Ane madam please don't do that.

    Yuri Wednesday, 18 May 2011 07:24 AM

    She is a State Politician, Why Sri Lanka Bother about. its sound like kind of Begging Her

    UK Tamil Boy Wednesday, 18 May 2011 07:42 AM

    Your always shouting at India,but you cant do anything without India -can you?

    UK Tamil Boy Wednesday, 18 May 2011 08:25 AM

    Ha..Ha....Super.

    Mohd. Wednesday, 18 May 2011 09:04 AM

    Jayalalitha is a pro-LTTE and can creat lots of unrest and kiosks in SL again!!!

    The Citizen Wednesday, 18 May 2011 05:05 AM

    I listened her victory speech & she didn't tell anything about S.L..
    So understandaby those were just election propaganda. take it easy.

    Vijayabahu Wednesday, 18 May 2011 05:18 AM

    Why SL wants to congratulates her.. we should alway deal with
    central gov of india. ..

    Labby Wednesday, 18 May 2011 05:17 AM

    Too late Prof Peiris, she's already gunning for your boss.

    raju Wednesday, 18 May 2011 05:20 AM

    It is just a curtesy move nothing going change in her or tamilnaadu people, we know that srilanka have to try maximum to cover up the truth, which came to the light by the UN pannel report.

    David Wednesday, 18 May 2011 05:38 AM

    she is already fooling you Elamists in the way she did the same thing during her prior appointments as the head of TN, what matters is what New Delhi thinks...

    David Wednesday, 18 May 2011 05:40 AM

    keep dreaming, all the politicians around the world taking foolish diaspora for a ride, specially ex Kollywood actors in TN ....

    Wimal_Modawansa Wednesday, 18 May 2011 05:48 AM

    Madam,We surrender without any conditions.

    David Son Wednesday, 18 May 2011 05:55 AM

    Don't be stupid dad. Have you forgotten what happened to our king in Cambridge? We are only lions in this small land. Beyond that we are cats....

    nifla Wednesday, 18 May 2011 06:02 AM

    You may not understand. She said in thamil that MR should be taken to international court for war crime charges

    Puncha Wednesday, 18 May 2011 06:07 AM

    She knows well what drum beat to be played during the election period.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Wednesday, 18 May 2011 06:16 AM

    Diplomatically speaking, "kissing the hand which cannot be severed".


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