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‘Give autonomy to Tamil areas in Lanka’

[Express Buzz, Wednesday, 19 May 2010 08:15 No Comment]

Pattali Makkal Katchi founder president Dr S Ramadoss on Monday sought the assistance of the United Nations and the international community to initiate steps to provide autonomy to the Tamildominated north and east regions of Sri Lanka, on the lines of the special status that had been accorded to J K.

Briefing newspersons at a candlelight vigil organised by the PMK here to pay homage to Lankan Tamils who were massacred during the final phase of the Eelam War IV last year, he charged the Mahinda Rajapaksa government with not extending equal rights to the suffering Tamils even after a year. "As a temporary arrangement, the northern parts should be integrated with the east, which should be augmented with autonomous power," he stressed.

Pointing out that Australia had supported the separation of East Timor from Indonesia, he wondered why these countries were not coming forward to support the creation of a Tamil Eelam. "Moreover, European nations and Canada, which stood for the cause of the Sri Lankan Tamils, must take stern action to try Rajapaksa for war crimes," he said.

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