Indian President says Tamils must have dignity

Sri Lanka must make efforts to provide its Tamil minority “a life of peace, dignity and equality”, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee said today.

The Indian media quoted the president as telling parliament that India was making progress in its engagement with Sri Lanka.

This involved “our efforts to resettle and rehabilitate the internally displaced persons there”, he said, referring to thousands who were pushed out of their homes due to the war on the Tamil Tigers.

The president made no reference in his speech to allegations of human rights abuses that Sri Lanka is battling, including the alleged cold-blooded killing of the 12-year-old son of the slain LTTE chief.