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Centre urged to send MPs’ team to Sri Lanka

[Hindu, Friday, 6 August 2010 07:15 No Comment]

The CPI (M) on Thursday urged the Central government to send a delegation of Members of Parliament, representing all political parties, to Sri Lanka to study the situation and facilitate quick rehabilitation of Tamils who had suffered in the civil war.

Talking to reporters, State secretary of the party G. Ramakrishnan welcomed the Centre’s decision to send a senior official of the Ministry of External Affairs to Sri Lanka, but felt that the issue should be dealt with politically.

“Let the official go. The Indian government should use the diplomatic channels to speed up the rehabilitation of Tamils, who are still in the camps. At the same time a team of MPs should be allowed to visit the country to assess the situation.”

Asked whether the team members should be from Tamil Nadu or include MPs from other States too, he said it would be good if a majority of them were from the State.

The party’s MP, T.K. Rangarajan, who was present at the press conference, said there was a huge difference between sending an official and sending a team of Parliamentarians. “The MPs can interact with the people and various Tamil groups and understand their problems better.”

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