TN: Resolution adopted to rein in Colombo
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Last Updated: Wednesday, June 08, 2011, 17:04
Chennai: Tamil Nadu Assembly on Wednesday adopted a unanimous resolution seeking imposition of economic sanctions on Sri Lanka by India to "rein in" Colombo on the Tamils issue and pressing for speedy rehabilitation of displaced Tamils.

The resolution moved by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said a UN appointed committee had pointed out alleged excesses committed during the conflict between the armed forces and LTTE, including bombing civilian areas and hospitals.

Preventing humanitarian aid, committing human rights violations on internally displaced (Tamils) and suspected LTTE members were some of the excesses, Jayalalithaa said.

India should press the UN to declare as "war criminals those who had committed such alleged excesses," she said.

"For the return of Tamils lodged in camps to their native places and to ensure equal rights for dignified living on par with the (majority) Sinhala, India with other countries should jointly impose economic sanctions on Sri Lankan government," she said.

Only this will rein in the island government and "if India and other countries impose sanctions, Sri Lanka has to listen to what we say," she said.

Jayalalithaa alleged that Tamils had been struggling against being treated as 'second class citizens,' in their own country even after Sri Lanka got independence from British.

Economic sanctions were a 'temporary measure,' as that would make Sri Lanka do what 'we say' in short term, she said, adding, the demand was being made as 'we have no other go.'

DMK and Congress spoke on the resolution but before Jayalalithaa gave her reply, walked out after opposition leader Vijayakanth made some remark against DMK.


First Published: Wednesday, June 08, 2011, 17:04

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