Karunanidhis DMK supports Centre’’s stand on Lankan Tamils issueFebruary 3rd, 2009 - 10:27 pm ICT by ANI
Chennai, Feb.3 (ANI): Softening its hard stand on Tamils in Sri Lanka and its Armys action, the Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) called for steps to resolve the ethnic conflict in a democratic way through autonomy and devolution.
“As a first step, the Centre should immediately take steps to work out a permanent solution which will ensure full devolution of powers and autonomy to Tamils living in northern and eastern parts of Sri Lanka within a timeframe. Sri Lankan Government should extend its full cooperation to this effort,” said a resolution passed at an emergent meeting of the party’’s executive committee at Chennai on Tuesday.
Revealing its stand on the issue, the meeting wanted a solution to the issue in “a democratic way”, effectively distancing the party from the armed struggle of the LTTE.
DMK President and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi had briefly come out of hospital, where he has been undergoing treatment for backache, to preside over the meeting.
Briefing reporters on resolutions adopted on Tuesday, Tamil Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi said “We (as a State) do not have any right or strength to enforce a ceasefire in Sri Lanka. That is why we are asking the Centre to make efforts for a ceasefire.”
Mentioning about failure of successive agreements, Karunanidhi said a “new agreement could be signed and Sri Lankan government should work out ways for this and India should help them.”
Replying to a query over a possibility of the United Nations intervention, he said “It will be good if the United Nations intervened to stop the war. I welcome it.”
Karunanidhi’’s remarks on ceasefire hold significance following demands by leaders of various political parties, including PMK founder Dr S Ramadoss, who had asked him to play a more active role in bringing about a ceasefire to save the civilian Tamils caught in the war zone in Sri Lanka.
He deplored that Sri Lankan army attacked civilian even after declaring a 48 hour ceasefire and identifying ‘’safe zones”.
Karunanidhi described LTTE chief V. Prabhakaran’’s reported preference to have a dictatorial rule, as unacceptable to DMK.
Earlier, addressing the executive, Karunanidhi said the fratricide among the Tamil groups had weakened the cause of Tamils and recalled the killing of TULF leader Amirthalingam, by the LTTE.
Replying to a question, Karunanidhi said he was of the view that action taken by the Centre on the Sri Lankan issue was “not enough.”
It is for the first time that the DMK had openly backed autonomy and devolution of powers as a solution to end the ethnic strife in Sri Lanka.
The party had earlier rejected the 1987 Indo-Lanka accord which envisaged the concept of devolution of powers. The LTTE had rejected the accord. (ANI)
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