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TESO demands Centre boycott CHOGM

From Gopal Ethiraj
Chennai, 09 August, (

War crimes against Lankan Tamils and attacks on Tamil Nadu fishermen, were two issues on which protests were held by the Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) on July 8, demanding the Centre boycott the Commonwealth meeting, slated to be held in Colombo this November.

The DMK chief Karunanidhi-led TESO protests were held in Chennai, Tiruchirapalli, Madurai, Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Tirunelveli, Coimbatore, Salem and other districts.

Addressing a gathering in Chennai, the DMK chief criticized the Centre for being ‘silent’, and said it should not dismiss the protests as ‘mere gatherings’ in various places and “those in power should know that there is a limit to patience.”

Karunanidhi, whose party pulled out of the UPA in March last on the Lankan Tamils issue, alleged that everyday fishermen from the state were being shot, killed and abducted and their catch seized and boats damaged.

The TESO organization, revived by Karunanidhi last year, had resolved to press the Centre to boycott the Commonwealth Head of Governments Meeting (CHOGM) in view of the alleged war crimes against Tamils in Sri Lanka in 2009.

He urged the Centre to come forward to protect Tamils, their arts, their culture and fishermen.

The TESO had insisted that India take the responsibility in ensuring that the island government did not dilute the 13th Amendment on devolution of powers, which was part of the 1987 Rajiv Gandhi-Jayewardane accord.

Peiris to invite Manmohan Singh

In the meantime Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Minister Prof. G L Peiris is scheduled to visit New Delhi later this month to officially invite India to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in November in Colombo.

It is reliably learnt from Lankan sources, the Minister will visit New Delhi on August 18 to invite the Indian Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh to attend the CHOGM to be held from November 15 to 17.

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