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'Immediate ceasefire is the only way' - Jayalalithaa

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 08 April 2009, 12:35 GMT]
"I strongly insist that an immediate ceasefire is the only way to save the Tamil civilians in the safety zone," said AIDMK General Secretary and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Ms. J. Jayalalithaa in a signed statement in Tamil, issued on Wednesday. Ms. Jayalalithaa in the strongly worded statement blamed Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi and the Central Government of India for the current plight of Tamil civilians. "People of Tamil Nadu will wash their hands off of such elements whose hands are jointly at work causing misery to the Tamils in the island of Sri Lanka," she said.

Ms. J. Jayalalithaa
Ms. J. Jayalalithaa
Mass agitations of Tamils are taking place in UK, France, Canada and Norway to put an end to the inhuman war that is killing Tamils, but Mr. Karunandhi is maintaining a vicious silence as though nothing is taking place, she charged.

"Mr. Karunanidhi was watching with an assenting note when the Central Government of India was supplying weapons and providing military training to Sri Lanka in the war against Tamils," she said. "His sole aim was continuing in power and looking after the welfare of his family members. Had he challenged the Central Government, that would have would forced the government to change its course at the time itself, and the Tamils would have been saved. But, Karunanidhi didn't do it. Because of the selfishness of Karunanidhi, the Tamil ethnicity is facing extinction in Sri Lanka."

Ms. Jayalalitha cited reports on the condition of 200,000 Tamil civilians in the safety zone, including reports on the deployment of poisonous weapons by the Sri Lanka government. The whole world is shocked, she said.

If Mr. Karunanidhi cares anything for Tamils, he should demand the Central Government to stop the war immediately, she further said and added: "The Sri Lankan government should immediately announce ceasefire and the entire Tamil population should voice for it."

 

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