Tamil leader asks Karunanidhi to visit Lanka
In a letter to Karunanidhi dated May 21, Anandasangaree said that there was an "urgent need" for him to intervene in Sri Lanka.india Updated: May 24, 2006 03:46 IST
V Anandasangaree, President of the anti-LTTE Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) has requested the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi to visit Sri Lanka and help solve the Tamil question in the island.
In a letter to Karunanidhi dated May 21, Anandasangaree said that there was an "urgent need" for him to intervene in Sri Lanka.
"You are the only person who has the capacity to do this," he said.
"Unlike in the past, even the Sinhalese people welcome your intervention," the TULF leader added.
Anandasangaree claimed that all the communities and political parties, and the government of Sri Lanka led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, were agreeable to a "federal" solution.
He further said that his suggestion that Sri Lanka adopt the Indian model of federalism enjoyed "wide support."
Under his plan, the Tamil North East of Sri Lanka should enjoy the degree of autonomy, which Tamil Nadu, which Karunanidhi was administering now, was enjoying.
The TULF leader said that Karunanidhi should be able to solve the problem with the support of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and United Peoples Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
Sonia Gandhi should be happy if Karunanidhi was able to complete the task, which her husband Rajiv Gandhi had left unfinished, Anandasangaree said.
Rajiv Gandhi had tried to solve the Sri Lankan Tamil problem through the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord of 1987.
First Published: May 24, 2006 03:46 IST