Indian PM denies arms supply to Sri Lanka: Vaiko
[TamilNet, Friday, 18 April 2008, 14:17 GMT]
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has told Vaiko who met him Thursday in New Delhi that there is no truth in reports on Indian supply of arms to Sri Lanka. Vaiko met Indian PM to brief him on his meeting with Erik Solheim and Jon Hanssen-Bauer in Oslo and the outcome of the conference organised by the International Association for Human Values (IAHV) in Norway's capital last week. The Indian PM further told Vaiko that he was aware of Pakistan and China supplying arms to Sri Lanka. The general secretary of Marumalarchchi Dravida Munneatta Kazhakam (MDMK) also met Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee Thursday night.
Vaiko, General Secretary of Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhakam (MDMK)
Mr. Vaiko urged the Indian leaders to prevail upon Colombo to cease all military hostilities as it was the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) which was responsible for the aggression.
The MDMK leader also urged the Indian Prime Minister to prevail upon Colombo to abide by its earlier pledge to honor the contiguity of the traditional homeland of Tamil speaking people in a merged NorthEast.
He also brought the grave human rights situation in Sri Lanka, where Tamils are subjected to a systematic genocide, to the attention of the Indian PM.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee
He reminded the Indian PM on his earlier promise, in a meeting with him on March 10, 2007, to facilitate the transport of humanitarian supplies through the ICRC to Eezham Tamils who are heavily affected by the war and the blockade by the GoSL. The humanitarian supplies were collected from Tamils in Tamil Nadu.
Urging the Indian Prime Minister to take immediate steps to dispatch humanitarian supplies he also requested Mr. Manmohan Singh to withdraw the radar equipments supplied by India to the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF), which has been responsible for many attacks on Tamil civilians. Many Tamil children have been killed and seriously injured in the attacks carried out by the SLAF, Vaiko told the Indian PM.
He later met the External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee around 11:00 p.m. at his residence in Delhi.
Mr. Pranab Mukherjee told Vaiko that India had repeatedly reminded Colombo that military solution was not the option to solve the Tamil question.
Vaiko urged the Foreign minister to prevail upon Sri Lanka to cease the aggression.
Pranab Mukherjee has promised a follow-up meeting with Vaiko, according to a press statement issued by the MDMK.