India’s Communist Party demands autonomy for Sri Lankan Tamils

Aug 07, Kolkata: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) today demanded the Sri Lankan government to take specific measures to grant autonomy to the Tamil-speaking areas of the Northern and Eastern regions.

Issuing a communiqu, the Central Committee of the CPI (M) which met in Kolkata on August 6 7, said though two years have passed since the end of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan government has not taken any worthwhile steps to reach a political settlement on the Tamil question.

“Though President Rajapakse had promised that after the war a political settlement would be found, no progress has been made, the CPI (M) said.

“It is essential that specific measures are taken for the devolution of autonomy to the Tamil-speaking areas of the Northern and Eastern regions so that the Tamil people can live a life of dignity and as equal citizens within a united Sri Lanka,” the CPI (M) demanded.

The CPI(M) said along with power devolution, the Sri Lankan government should step up efforts to rehabilitate all the displaced persons affected due to the conflict.

The party called for a high level independent enquiry into the “serious allegations of atrocities and human rights violation” allegedly committed by the Sri Lankan armed forces.

The Central Committee urged the Indian government to make all necessary efforts to ensure that a political settlement is arrived at without any further delay.

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