Karuna writes to Krishna on Tamils` resettlement

Tamil Nadu CM M Karunanidhi asked External Affairs Minister SM Krishna to take up the issue of finding a political solution to the vexed Tamils problem in Sri Lanka.

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Wednesday asked External Affairs Minister SM Krishna to take up the issue of finding a political solution to the vexed Tamils problem in Sri Lanka during his visit to the island nation.

"The political solution and devolution of powers, which have been talked about for a very long time, are yet to be given a preliminary shape," he said in a letter to Krishna, who is beginning a 4-day visit from tomorrow.

Karunanidhi said the presence of about 30,000 Tamils in camps is a matter of "serious concern" and in spite of the issue being taken up with Colombo a number of times, "it is really painful to note that this problem is yet to be satisfactorily resolved."

"The issue relating to resettlement and rehabilitation has not been fully addressed by Sri Lankan government in spite of earnest efforts and dialogue at various levels undertaken by the Government of India so far," Karunanidhi said in his letter.
Saying the Tamils still faced "untold miseries and innumerable hardships" to make a respectable livelihood, he said a dignified living has to be ensured to all internally displaced persons.

"The programme to build 50,000 houses for the displaced may kindly be pushed through and completed in a time-bound framework," he said about the government of India sponsored initiative.

Karunanidhi said he will be grateful and the people of Tamil Nadu thankful if the concerned issues were discussed at appropriate levels to find a solution for the welfare of the Sri Lankan Tamils.
Krishna is scheduled to begin a four-day visit to Sri Lanka tomorrow to strengthen bilateral relations and participate in the 7th Joint Commission meeting to review the progress of bilateral commitments.

PTI

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