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Friday, May 23, 2014 - 6.11 GMT

Rajapaksa is the only option to discuss the Tamil issue – TN Congress


Tamil Nadu state unit of the Congress yesterday said the Sri Lankan President was the only option to discuss issues related to welfare of minority Tamils in Sri Lanka.

"Congress has no second opinion on issues like equal political status to Tamils, implementation of 13th Amendment to Sri Lankan Constitution (on devolution of powers) and probe into (alleged) war crimes. At the same time, if these have to be implemented, we have to talk to the Sri Lankan President only," TNCC President B. S. Gnanadesikan said.

He was responding to reporter’s queries on Prime Minister elect Narendra Modi inviting Rajapaksa, which has been opposed by some political parties including DMK and MDMK, the latter a BJP ally.

Gnanadesikan insisted that Sri Lanka was "our neighbour" and a SAARC member, therefore it was in India's interest that friendly ties were maintained with that nation. "That is diplomacy," he said.






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