New Delhi: A delegation of DMK and Congress
MPs from Tamil Nadu will call on Sri Lankan President Mahinda
Rajapaksa here on Wednesday to exhort him to take steps for early
resettlement of over 80,000 Tamils displaced due to war and
political resolution of the ethnic issue in that country.
It will be perhaps the first political delegation from
Tamil Nadu to call on a visiting Sri Lankan President.
The delegation headed by DMK Parliamentary Party leader
T R Baalu will meet Rajapaksa, who is visiting India for the
first time after his resounding victory in the January 26
elections, and discuss the issue of rehabilitation and
resettlement of the displaced Tamils.
"We will be meeting Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa on
Wednesday to press him the need for resettling over 80,000
people who are still lodged in various camps in northern Sri
Lanka," Baalu said here.
He said the delegation will also discuss about the
political solution to ethnic issue, which the Sri Lankan
government has promised after the end of the 30-year-long
civil war last May following the death of LTTE chief
"We will also urge the President to quickly address the
Tamil question and take steps to integrate Tamils into the
mainstream," he said.
Tamil groups accuse Rajapaksa of "killing the minority
Tamils" during the end of the civil war.
Most of MPs who were part of the ten-member delegation
that went to Sri Lanka in October 2009 will be part of
Sources said that almost all DMK MPs are expected to join
the delegation, while senior Congress members will also form
part of the team.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi had on Sunday
written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh requesting him to
take up the Sri Lankan Tamils issue with Rajapaksa during his
Karunanidhi in his letter to Singh said nearly 80,000
Tamils were still living in transit camps, awaiting
"Those families who have been rehabilitated and settled
elsewhere should also be provided with economic development
and justice-based reconciliation to work towards a permanent
political settlement," he said.