Jaya adds voice to 13A

Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa has added her voice to the issue over the 13th Amendment to the constitution by urging the  Indian government to ensure the Sri Lankan government does not repeal the amendment.

“The Centre should ensure that the process of democratic decentralization, which is integral to the survival of the Tamils in Lanka, is in no way jeopardized,” Jayalalithaa said in a letter to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, a copy of which was released to the Indian media on Sunday.

The Times of India reported that the chief minister had said that Tamils in Tamil Nadu and Tamil diaspora spread across the world were “outraged and incensed over the impunity with which the Sri Lankan government was ignoring international sentiments and binding resolutions relating to reconciliation and rehabilitation and the ongoing gross human rights abuses against Lankan Tamils.”

Her letter comes in the wake of the Sri Lankan government’s decision to constitute a parliamentary select committee to review the thirteenth amendment to the constitution.

“It appears that our worst fears regarding the intentions and motives of the present Sri Lankan regime are coming true,” the chief minister said.

In March last, the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly passed a resolution calling for a referendum on a separate Eelam for Tamils in Sri Lanka and Tamils displaced from Lanka and live in other countries. The aspirations of the Lankan Tamils could be realized only through a Tamil Eelam, Jayalalithaa said.

She said there were signs that the Lankan government was not serious about rehabilitating and restoring the lives of the Tamil minority.

“For Tamil Nadu, this turn of events, will also mean a threat to its coastal security, the internal security environment of the state and the prospect of a renewed influx of refugees into the state,” she said.

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