Ceasefire alone will satisfy DMK: Karunanidhi
DMK will not be satisfied till a ceasefire was enforced in the embattled north Sri Lanka, party president and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi said today.india Updated: Nov 16, 2008 16:12 IST
DMK will not be satisfied till a ceasefire was enforced in the embattled north Sri Lanka, party president and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi said today.
"We have made our stand clear in the party executive and also through the resolution at the all-party meeting that we want nothing short of a ceasefire and protection for the lives of innocent Tamils there," he told reporters in Coimbatore.
The main crux of the resolution at the all-party meeting was that there should be a ceasefire between Lankan military and the LTTE, he said.
Asked about Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's remarks in Delhi last week that he was duty-bound to protect the lives of Tamils but wanted to eliminate terrorists, Karunanidhi said his party's demand was that the Lankan security forces should not create problems for Tamils in the guise of fighting LTTE.
"In fact, innocent Tamils have been severely affected in the attacks by the Sri Lankan forces," he said.
When asked whether he had any plans to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the issue, Karunanidhi said he had already spoken and written to him.
Moreover, DMK representatives in the union cabinet T R Baalu and A Raja were constantly interacting with the Centre and the Prime Minister.
When pointed out that Congress President Sonia Gandhi had not yet spoken on the issue, he said DMK was taking up the issue with the government.
"If we wanted to take up the issue with the Congress party, we would have discussed with her," Karunanidhi said.
First Published: Nov 16, 2008 16:10 IST