2ND LEAD

Indian Prime Minister receives TNA leaders

[TamilNet, Friday, 22 December 2006, 07:48 GMT]
Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh Friday received five Tamil National Alliance leaders R. Sampanthan, Mavai Senathiraja, Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, Selvam Adaikalanthan and Suresh Premachandran at his office in New Delhi. TNA MPs told media that the meeting was very cordial and that they had brought focus to the humanitarian crisis in Vaharai and Jaffna where food is used as tool of war by Colombo. Dr. Manmohan Singh emphasized that he had conveyed to Colombo that there could be no military solution to resolve the Tamil national problem and that it should address the political aspirations of the Tamil people through a negotiated settlement.

Dr. Manmohan Singh
Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh
The TNA MPs meeting with Indian Prime Minister, described as a turning point, comes following their meeting with the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M. Karunanidhi, Wednesday.

India had a special concern for the Tamil people, the Indian PM told the TNA delegation.

India had reieterated to Sri Lanka that it should not seek a military solution, but be fully prepared to meet the aspirations of the Tamil people while preserving the island's sovereignty, the Prime Minister told the TNA delegation.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidthi had sent his Special Representative, Mr. Subaveera Pandiyan, who also took part in the meeting.

Indian Prime Minister receives TNA leaders
TNA parlimentarians with Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.


The TNA delegation, comprising the leaders of the alliance parties, brought to the attention of the Indian Prime Minister that Sri Lanka has nullified the merger of NorthEast, a corner stone for any negotiated solution in Sri Lanka.

Indian Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon and Prime Minister's National Security Advisor MK Narayanan accompanied the Prime Minister in the meeting with the TNA parliamentarians.

The meeting lasted for 45 minutes at the Prime Minister's Office located at Raisina Hill, New Delhi from 11:15 a.m. til noon.

TNA parliamentarians with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Kalaignar M. Karunanidhi


Meanwhile, Kalaignar M. Karunanidhi, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu state, with more than 60 miliion Tamils, Thursday vowed to to do everything possible to end the sufferings of Tamils in Sri Lanka.

"Helping Sri Lankan Tamils is in our blood. I am not a person who expects anything in return for the things I am doing. I will continue to do my duty of helping you," Rediff News quoted Tamil Nadu Chief Minister as telling a group of refugee students who met the Chief Minister to thank him for allowing them to write the 'O' level examination of Sri Lankan Education Board from TamilNadu.

 

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