Menon, TNA discuss mechanism to return Tamil refugees

India’s National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) have had talks on formulating a mechanism to return Tamil refugees living in camps in Tamil Nadu back to Sri Lanka.

The TNA says during the talks it had impressed upon Menon on the need for the Indian government to take full responsibility when sending back Tamil refugees to Sri Lanka.

Menon has said that he will discuss the issue with the Indian government, the Tamil Nadu administration and other officials.

Thousands of Sri Lankan Tamils who fled the fighting in Sri Lanka during the war are living in refugee camps in Tamil Nadu.

The TNA, which is on an official visit to India, also met the Indian opposition leader Sushma Suvaraj last evening.

Suvaraj had said that India stands united on the position that a political solution must be formulated for the Sri Lankan Tamils.

The TNA delegation led by R. Sampanthan, had this week met the Indian Prime Minister and also the External Affairs Minister. (Colombo Gazette)