March 13th, 2012
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PM writes to Karunanidhi on Lankan issue

ManmohanNew Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wrote a letter to DMK chief M Karunanidhi in an attempt to make its stand clear on the Sri Lanka issue. In his letter the PM said, “We are engaged with all parties in an effort to achieve an outcome that is forward-looking and that ensures that rather than deepening confrontation and mistrust between concerned parties, a way forward is found on issues related to accountability and reconciliation.”

Singh said India’s objective remains to be the achievement of a future for the Tamil community in Sri Lanka marked by equality, dignity, justice and self-respect. India had earlier emphasized to Sri Lanka the importance of a genuine process of reconciliation to address grievances of Tamils, he said New Delhi welcomed the report of Sri Lankan Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Committee (LLRC).

India believed implementation of the LLRC recommendations would contribute to the process of reconciliation, he added.”We have also emphasised the need for an independent and credible mechanism to investigate allegations of human rights violations in a time-bound manner, which has also been recommended by LLRC. Our focus on these issues with the Government of Sri Lanka will continue,” Singh added.

Earlier today the DMK and the AIADMK had demanded that the government must support a resolution moved by US, France and Norway in the UNHRC against the alleged atrocities committed on Sri Lankan Tamils.


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