AIADMK calls for change in Lanka policy

NEW DELHI — The AIADMK on Wednesday urged India to change its Sri Lanka policy and branded Colombo as an “enemy” of the Tamils.


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Published: Thu 28 Feb 2013, 8:58 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 3:35 PM

“It is time the Lanka-centric approach of the external affairs ministry is changed to a Tamil welfare-centric approach,” AIADMK leader V. Maitreyan said in the Rajya Sabha.

“As far as we Tamils are concerned, Sri Lanka is an enemy country, and it will remain so until justice is meted out to the Tamils,” he said.

He said there was “a general perception” that the Indian foreign ministry was run by diplomats “whose mindset needs to be changed”.

Maitreyan placed in the house a report by Human Rights Watch on sexual violence in Sri Lanka and a CD of a Channel 4 documentary on human rights abuses in that country. He also submitted photographs of the 12-year-old son of the late Tamil Tigers chief Velupillai Prabhakaran who is said to have been captured and shot dead in cold blood by the Sri Lankan military.

Maitreyan alleged that there was no accountability to the “war crimes” committed in Sri Lanka during the final phase of the war that crushed the Tamil Tigers in May 2009.

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