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Advani accuses Centre of being insensitive to Tamils' cause

india Updated: Feb 14, 2009 06:27 IST

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Accusing the Congress-led UPA of being "insensitive" to the Sri Lankan Tamils' cause, BJP's prime ministerial candidate LK Advani on Friday said the decades-old ethnic conflict in the island nation can't be resolved through the use of brutal force.

Addressing hundreds of MDMK cadre and activists of pro-Eelam outfits who began a day-long fast under the leadership of Vaiko in New Delhi, Advani said the focus of the entire nation at this moment should be towards "ending the sufferings of the innocent" Tamil civilians in neighbouring Sri Lanka.

"I am sorry to say that those in office in New Delhi are insensitive towards the Sri Lankan Tamils' cause," he said.

The activists began their day-long fast in New Delhi to express solidarity with hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped in the war between the Lankan army and the LTTE in the island's north.

Supporting the Tamils' cause, Advani said BJP wants the issue to be resolved through negotiated political settlement and not by "brutal use of force".