Singh expresses concern for Sri Lankan Tamils

March 09, 2013
A larger | smaller | reset <span class="translation_missing">en_GB, articles, print</span> post a comment

NEW DELHI, India – In a speech to Parliament Friday (March 8th), Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said India is "worried" about the fate of Tamils in Sri Lanka, local media reported.

His comments follow widespread allegations of rights abuses in Sri Lanka during the war against the Tamil Tigers that ended in 2009 and in the years since.

"There are problems in Sri Lanka; we have been worried about the fate of the Tamil population in Sri Lanka," Singh told the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Parliament) in comments quoted by the IANS news agency.

"We are making all efforts with the Sri Lankan government for reconciliation and an honourable settlement for Tamil people," Singh said, according to India Blooms News Service.

Lawmakers from the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) walked out of the Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament) during a speech Thursday by External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid to protest the government's stance on allegations of war crimes in Sri Lanka.

IANS reported that Singh's government is under pressure from political rivals and at least one ally to vote against Sri Lanka when a resolution is introduced at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva later this month.

Post a Comment (comments policy)* denotes required field

Ramadan-en_gb

Poll

A caliph is freely chosen by Muslims everywhere for his wisdom and spiritual qualifications. The ISIL leader's proclamation of himself as caliph over all Muslims violates the principles of Islam.

View results

Photo Essay

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses reporters in New Delhi on June 4th, before the first session of the newly elected Lok Sabha. As he begins to lead the world's most populous democracy, Modi and his administration will also take the helm in handling bilateral issues with India's neighbours. [Raveendran/AFP]

Modi faces South Asian diplomatic tests