Karunanidhi opposes training to Lankan militarymen

Chennai, Oct 09 : The DMK, the second largest constituent of the Congress-led UPA, today urged the Centre to take 'good decision' on the issue of providing training to Sri Lankan Defence personnel in India, especially in Tamil Nadu, which was strongly opposed by various political parties in the State.

Replying to a set of questions, DMK President M Karunanidhi said the general demand of the entire people of Tamil Nadu was that no training should be imparted to the Sri Lankan Military personnel in India for its involvement in the genocide of innocent Tamils during the final stages of war. He was referring to Sri Lankan Army Chief Jagath Jayasuriya's remarks that 45 senior officials from the Lankan Special Force would be visiting India for training in December this year.

Also referring to Lankan Minister and President Mahinda Rajapakse's brother Basil Rajapakse remarks no one could stop Sri Lankan defence personnel from undergoing training in Tamil Nadu, Mr Karunanidhi said the common refrain among the people of Tamil Nadu was that no training should be given to them in India. "I hope that the Centre would act and must act by taking necessary steps in this regard", he said.

Referring to Supreme Court's observation that it could not grant any stay in offering training to Lankan defence personnel, Mr Karunanidhi said in the same order, the Court had observed it could not interfere with the such policy decisions of the government. "Minister of State for Defence M M Pallam Raju had said India will continue to provide training to Lankan personnel as Sri Lanka is a friendly neighbour. He had also said that the Centre will consider the objections raised by the Tamil Nadu government on the issue", he recalled.

Mr Karunanidhi said since the Centre was vested with the powers to take a decision in this regard, it should not waste any moe time and take a good decision on the issue.

- Agencies

Published On : Oct 09, 2012

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