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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2966

Vasan wants CHOGM venue shifted from Colombo

From R. Vasudevan-- Reporting from New Delhi
New Delhi, 03 April, (

The Union Shipping Minister and Congress Rajya Sabha member from Tamil Nadu, G.K. Vasan, on Tuesday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and urged him to take up with other countries to shift the venue of Commonwealth Countries Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), due in November this year, from Colombo, in view of the “anti-Tamil attitude” of the Rajapaksa government.

Dr. Singh listened to his request with rapt attention, though he didn’t commit anything, Vasan told The Hindu.

Vasan, son of popular Congress leader G.K. Moopanar, referred to the ongoing agitations in various parts of Tamil Nadu by different sections of the society in support of the “suffering” Sri Lankan Tamils at the hands of Lankan security personnel. It would be India's duty to ensure that Tamils in the island nation lived in peace in their own homeland and regained their original status and rights, he said.

During the 30-minute meeting, Mr. Vasan asked Dr. Singh to direct the Ministry of External Affairs to take up the issue of frequent firing, harassment and arrest of Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Lankan naval personnel on high seas and ensure that a full stop was put to the issue. Similarly the government of India should take measures for the immediate release of all the arrested TN fishermen who are now lodged in various jails of the Island nation and also monitor the relief and rehabilitation measures carried out by Colombo in the Tamil areas with India’s support.

It may be recalled that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and DMK president M. Karunanidhi recently issued individual statements urging India to boycott CHOGM in view of denial of equal rights to Tamils in Lanka and human rights violations against them.

- Asian Tribune -

Rajya Sabha member from Tamil Nadu G.K. Vasan
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