Karunanidhi tells UN to protect Tamils

DMK president M. Karunanidhi has urged the UN to protect the Tamils in Sri Lanka, the Hindu newspaper reported today.

In his letter to UN Deputy General Secretary Jan Eliasson, Karunanidhi stated that steps were needed to be taken to protect the lives and rights of Sri Lankan Tamils as “there was no movement towards a mutually acceptable political solution and there were government-sponsored demographic manipulations aimed at eliminating Tamils from their homeland.”

He also said that India should prevail upon the United Nations to have a referendum under its supervision to enable Tamils residing in Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka to determine their future.

Elaborating on the memorandum submitted by the DMK to the United Nations, based on the resolution adopted recently in the Tamil Eelam Supporters’ Organisation (TESO) conference, he said that the Centre would have understood the importance of the resolution.

DMK treasurer M.K. Stalin and Parliamentary party leader T.R. Baalu had earlier met the Deputy General Secretary of the UN Jan Eliasson who promised to look into the issues concerning Sri Lankan Tamils.

Asked about the thinking in the Union Government that it could not afford to interfere in the affairs of Sri Lanka as it was a sovereign country, Karunanidhi said that was why the TESO conference refrained from adopting a resolution in support of a separate ‘Tamil Eelam.’ “We want only a referendum and believe that it will benefit Sri Lankan Tamils and secure their rights.”

Karunanidhi, who is also the chairman of TESO, said the referendum was necessary to put an end to the “tears and blood” shed by the Sri Lankan Tamils and all the countries across the world should support the cause. India should use its influence to achieve the goal, the Hindu reported.