Stop training Sri Lankan Army,DMK tells Centre

It demanded that such cooperation be stopped immediately.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: September 5, 2012 12:44 am

UPA ally DMK on Tuesday told Defence Minister A K Antony that imparting training to Sri Lankan Army personnel by the Government of India amounted to “endorsing the genocide” committed against the Tamils in that country. It demanded that such cooperation be stopped immediately.

The DMK’s plea comes at a time when the AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu has raised the pitch over hosting Sri Lankans by sending back a football team from that country. Not to be left behind in the competitive politics in the state,a DMK delegation of MPs met Antony to protest against training defence personnel from the island nation.

“We would like to emphasise that this ‘no-change’ stand of the Government of India has hurt the sentiments of people of Tamil Nadu,as well as Tamils across the world,” the MPs said in a memorandum handed over to Antony.

Pointing out that the United Nations Secretary General’s Panel of Experts has held the Sri Lankan armed forces responsible for horrific war crimes and large-scale human rights violations,the DMK members said “in this context,imparting training to the Sri Lankan Army can be seen as endorsing the genocide committed against Tamils in Sri Lanka”.

They argued that training and aiding the Sri Lankan Army,“that too after the Indian Government’s support to the UNHRC resolution against Sri Lanka,creates doubts in the minds of people of Tamil Nadu about the intentions of the government”.

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