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Yechury calls for autonomous Tamil state in Lanka

CPM leader Sitaram Yechury has said Sri Lankan Tamils should have an autonomous state in a united Sri Lanka.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Madurai | Published: June 28, 2010 3:24:50 am

CPM leader Sitaram Yechury has said Sri Lankan Tamils should have an autonomous state in a united Sri Lanka.

“Within united Sri lanka,Tamils should have a separate state… like the federal set up in India. Tamils should be given autonomy within the framework of united Sri lanka and not on the basis of a unitary nation,” he said.

The Lankan government should address the humanitarian problem faced by the Tamils and work towards a political solution to the long-pending problem of Tamil minority,he said at a seminar organised by the CPM on finding a solution to problems faced by the island Tamils here on Saturday.

“They should pay attention to resettling Tamils,providing relief. They are now living in poor conditions. Sri Lankan government must agree to an international supervisory mechanism. It should also allow international agencies to create conditions of resettlement of internally displaced and that process must be started forthwith.”

Any attempt to bring demographic change by asking the majority population to migrate to minority areas should be discouraged as it would create tension in future,he said.

Yechury also said the Lankan government must introduce welfare measures and help Tamils start farm operations and continue their studies.

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