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'LTTE needs tsunami relief from India'

Tamils feel "discriminated against" as Indian relief work is affecting only Govt-held areas, says a LTTE leader.
PTI | By PK.Balachanddran, Kilinochchi
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2005 12:39 PM IST

SP Tamilselvan, head of the LTTE's political wing, says that the Tamils feel "discriminated against" because India is doing tsunami relief work only in the government-held areas of Sri Lanka, totally ignoring the "even greater" humanitarian crisis in the Tamil-speaking areas held by the LTTE.

"We definitely want help from India. India should turn its attention to the Tamil people also, and show kindness to them," Tamilselvan told Hindustan Times at his headquarters in Kilinochchi in North Sri Lanka on Wednesday.

Asked what kind of Indian agencies could work in the LTTE-controlled areas, he said that both government agencies and NGOs were welcome.

"Many countries, international organisations and international NGOs are working in our areas. India should also contribute to this relief effort, given the greater humanitarian crisis here. India's non-participation makes the Tamil people feel that they are still being discriminated against," Tamilselvan pointed out.

Following his leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, Tamilselvan said that the minority Tamils of Sri Lanka had suffered two tsunamis, not one. "Tsunami-1" was the devastation caused by the 20 year war foisted on them by the "Sinhala chauvinist" Sri Lankan state and "Tsunami-2' being the natural disaster of December 26.

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