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UPA betrayed Sri Lankan Tamils cause: CPI

[PTI, Sunday, 4 January 2009 13:02 No Comment]

Accusing the Congress-led UPA of "betraying" Sri Lankan Tamils cause, the CPI today asked the government to tell President Mahinda Rajapakse to end the war and resolve the ethnic conflict through negotiations.

"It is high time that the Central Government headed by Congress recast its policy towards Sri Lanka and send External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee as promised to a multi-party delegation from Tamil Nadu," CPI National Secretary D Raja said.

"If the UPA does not fulfil the assurances it has given on the Sri Lankan issue it would amount to betrayal of the Tamil cause. The government has already betrayed Tamils by providing arms to Sri Lanka," he said.
Raja wondered whether the government of India has any policy towards Sri Lanka and asked whether the UPA is waiting for the war to end in Sri Lanka.

He said India should tell the Rajapakse government to immediately stop the war and to come forward to ending the three-decade-old ethnic conflict through dialogue.

"Rajapakse government should not think that continuing the war is the only solution. It is not the solution… dialogue is the only means to end the conflict in the island," Raja said.

"India should help Tamils live peacefully in their country and also make sure that their legitimate aspirations are met," he said.

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