News: Team: Centre must intervene!

A delegation of various political parties and social organisations from Puducherry will meet external affairs minister, Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi on Monday.

The team will submit a memorandum urging the Union government to intervene in the Sri Lankan Tamil issue and extend humanitarian assistance to the affected people. The team led by Paavanan, state convenor, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), Selvarasu, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK), M. Ilango, Periyar Dravida Kazhagam (PDK) and G. Sugumaran, Federation of People’s Rights (FPR) will meet Mr Pranab Mukherjee at the Parliament reception hall at 12 noon on December 15.

The delegation will urge the Centre to intervene immediately to stop the war against Sri Lankan Tamils and stop the supply of arms to the Sri Lankan army.

The Central government should not remain a mute spectator to the massacre and should take necessary steps to protect the Tamils, Mr Sugumaran said.

Pro-Tamil groups from Puducherry have camped in Delhi now. Following Tamil Nadu chief minister M. Karunanidhi’s visit to New Delhi along with the all-party delegation to meet the Prime Minister over the Sri Lankan crisis, these pro-Tamil groups urged Puducherry’s Congress chief minister V. Vaithialingam to follow suit; but he did not oblige and did not even collect relief materials like his Tamil Nadu counterpart did.

The groups then decided to meet external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee who will visit Sri Lanka shortly.

Deccan Chronicle / 15.12.2008.

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