Written by Bella Dalima
29 May, 2014 | 8:51 pm
In a letter to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha Jayaram, TNA Parliamentary Group Leader R. Sampanthan notes that the Indian Central Government requires the support of Tamil Nadu to ensure an honourable solution, based on justice and equality, is found in Sri Lanka.
In his letter, MP Sampanthan notes that although promises were made to both the government of India and the international community, both during the war and after its conclusion, on steps being taken to reach a political settlement, these promises have not been fulfilled.
He notes that there were many instances on which an honourable solution based on justice and equality could have been found following the end of the armed conflict in 2009.
Parliamentarian Sampanthan has also forwarded a copy of the letter sent by the TNA to new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to Chief Minister Jayalalitha Jeyaram.
The letter goes on to congratulate Jeyaram on the victory achieved by the AIADMK during the recently concluded general elections where the party won 37 out of 39 seats within Tamil Nadu. The TNA while appreciating the attention that the Chief Minister has focused on the issues of Tamils in Sri Lanka, urged her to assist the Central Government with regard to issues on Sri Lanka. MP Sampanthan also requested an early opportunity to meet with the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in order to discuss such issues.
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