The Sri Lankan issue was raised in India’s Lok Sabha today with the two main Tamil political parties once again calling on the Indian government to boycott the Commonwealth conference in Sri Lanka.
AIADMK and DMK on Tuesday pressed for India’s boycott of the CHOGM Conference being held in Sri Lanka, accusing the army in Sri Lanka of committing “war crimes and genocide” against Sri Lankan Tamils, the Press Trust of India reported.
Raising the issue in the Lok Sabha, AIADMK leader M.Thambidurai said there was deep sense of outrage among the Tamils over the issue of “war crimes and genocide” perpetrated against the Sri Lankan Tamils by the Army there.
He said the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister has already written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking him not to participate in the Commonwealth Conference which is going to take place in Colombo.
Canada has already decided not to participate in the Commonwealth Conference, he said, adding “in the circumstances, if India participates, we will be again indirectly encouraging the Sri Lankan Government which is not making any effort to solve the Sri Lankan problem.”
He wanted that not only the Prime Minister, no representative should attend the Commonwealth conference which is going to take place in November.
T.K.S.Elangovan (DMK) said that Sri Lanka is not a friendly country. They are arresting our fishermen within our maritime boundary. They are not helping the Tamils.
“If the Government decides to participate, that will be an insult to the people of Tamil Nadu who are day in and day out suffering in the hands of the Army and the Navy of Sri Lanka,” he said.-Colombo Gazette