Indian parliamentary group holds "Agony and Solace"conference to address Sri Lanka’s Tamil issue

Aug 22, Colombo: an Indian parliamentary group is organizing a conference aimed at ensuring a permanent solution to the ethnic Tamil issue in Sri Lanka with the participation of ten Tamil political party representatives from Sri Lanka

The Parliamentarian Forum on Human Rights for Global Development (PFHRGD) will hold the “Agony and Solace”-Conference-2011 at the Constitution Club of India in New Delhi on August 23 and 24.

The Tamil political parties in Sri Lanka invited to send representatives to the conference include Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Puligal (TMVP) led by Eastern chief minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan and the four constituent parties of the Tamil National Alliance.

The Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) led by government Minister Douglas Devananda has not reportedly been invited and the upcountry Tamil parties also have been left out.

Organizers say the conference expects to unify the Sri Lankan Tamil parties to achieve a permanent political solution for the problems faced by the Sri Lankan Tamils.

“Sri Lankan Tamils in the past sixty years are facing long-term political problems are still concerned about their lives and possessions,” the convener of the conference, Tamil Nadu parliamentarian Dr. Sudarshan Nachiappan said in a statement on the PFHRGD website.

The conference is aimed at drawing the attention of the Indian Parliament to resolve the issues and achieve a reasonable solution, he wrote.

The PFHRGD, established in 2003, comprises over 150 members from both houses of the Indian parliament cutting across party lines.

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