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Sri Lankan Tamils issue: CPI (M) urges Centre, UN to intervene

[Hindu, Monday, 2 February 2009 15:47 No Comment]

Expressing concern over the plight of Sri Lankan Tamil civilians, caught in the conflict between Sri Lankan army and LTTE, the CPI(M) on Monday urged the Centre and the United Nations to intervene immediately and put an end to the ongoing war.

 

"Government of India and United Nations should make all efforts to see that the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE come to an understanding and civilians were not made victims of their hostilities," party General Secretary Prakash Karat told reporters here.

 

"Plight of the Tamil civilians is the primary concern of all the Indians. The safety and security of the Tamil people in the war zone should be ensured," he said.

 

He said even the International Community Red Cross had said two lakh people were trapped in the war zone and there would be a humanitarian disaster if LTTE and Sri Lankan army did not provide way out for the innocent people.

 

Karat said the general strike called by the Sri Lankan Tamils’ Protection Movement, comprising some political parties on the Lankan issue, in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday would not serve any purpose and would only "worsen things".

 

He said the island government should implement the 13th amendment to their Constitution to provide equal justice and devolution of power to northern and eastern regions where Tamils were a majority.

Despite Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa’s assurances on autonomy for Tamils, nothing was being done, he alleged.

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