Indian Foreign Secretary meets Tamil Nadu CM prior to Sri Lanka visit

Oct 08, Chennai: India’s Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai on Saturday met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jeyaram Jayalalithaa prior to his visit to Sri Lanka today.

Indian media reports said that the Chief Minister has conveyed her strong concern over the alleged harassment of Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy during the meeting.

The Chief Minister has said that the alleged attacks on the Tamil Nadu fishermen should be viewed as a national issue and not as an isolated issue for her state.

Sri Lanka Navy denies any attacks on Indian fishermen who enter into Sri Lankan waters illegally for poaching. However, the Navy says they warn the Indian fishermen when they cross the International Maritime Boundary Line (IBML) and forces them to turn around.

Sri Lankan fishermen enraged by the continual robbing of their livelihood by the Indians say the country is losing billions of rupees due to the poaching.

The Chief Minister has urged the Foreign Secretary Mathai to take up the matter with the Sri Lankan government.

Mathai is visiting Sri Lanka from October 8-10. During his visit he is expected to review developmental projects being taken up in various parts of Northern Sri Lanka under India’s assistance.

The Foreign Secretary is scheduled to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe and representatives of the major Tamil party in Sri Lanka, Tamil National Alliance (TNA).

This would be Mathai’s first visit to Sri Lanka, since he took over as Foreign Secretary in August 2011.

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  1. Ranil Wickremesinghe’s manifesto is always paving the way for mortgaging Sri Lanka to international community, World Bank, IMF and the multinational corporations.
    Since its existence it was UNP now being led by Ranil Wickremesinghe — which was responsible for all the antiTamil and antiMuslim agendas in Sri Lanka. It was UNP that was responsible for making more than a million Tamils speaking Sri Lankans of the Indian origin who toiled to build the economy of Sri Lanka voteless and stateless.
    Almost all the antiTamil programmes were initiated and implemented by the UNP.
    It was the UNP leaders who were in Jaffna directly organized and supervised the torching and burning of the Jaffna Library which was one of the most violent examples of ethnic biblioclasm of the last century. Ranil Wickremesinghe was a part of this UNP government.
    Ranil Wickremesinhe was a cabinet minister when the 1983 antiTamil pogrom was initiated by the UNP government led his uncle President J.R.Jeyawardene. Under principles of parliamentary democracy guided by collective responsibility Ranil Wickremesinghe too is guilty of the crimes committed against the Tamils in 1983. It was when Ranil Wickremesinghe was a Cabinet Minister; the UNP Government initiated war as a solution to the ethnic conflict. Ranil Wickremesinghe was a member of inner UNP Cabinet that organized and supervised military operations against the Tamils.
    Ranil Wickremesinghe ordered and witnessed the execution of hundreds of innocent young men from Kelaniya area in his torture chamber in Batalanda in 1989 which was confirmed by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry which comprised retired judges. The courts rejected charges based on technical issues, not factual issues. Since Ranil Wickremesinghe committed these horrendous crimes in Batalanda, Ranil Wickremesinghe had to abandon not only his electorate of Biyagama, but also the Gampaha District. Since these murders Ranil Wickremesinghe is an MP without an electorate – thanks to his uncle J. R. Jayawardene’s constitution. After the 1989 Batalanda mass murder, Ranil Wickremesinghe recruited a convicted killer and multiple criminal Gonawala Sunil as his secretary. Ranil Wickremesinghe’s secretary Gonawala Sunil went around killing and intimidating people Ranil Wickremesinghe wanted to be silenced. Ranil Wickremesinghe’s corruption in “LH Plantations” has been highlighted with excruciating details by his closest ally Mangala Samaraweera. Ranil Wickremesinghe’s very close family members own several newspapers, broadcasting and telecasting stations which promote Ranil Wickremesinghe and help to prolong his political survival.

    -Nalliah Thayabharan

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