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* Tamil Nadu Governor calls for economic sanctions on Sri Lanka until IDPs are resettled
Sat, Feb 2, 2013, 12:57 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 01, Colombo: The Governor of Tamil Nadu state of India Dr.K. Rosaiah has urged the central Indian government to impose economic sanctions on Sri Lanka until the Tamils living in the displacement camps are resettled in their own homes.

Delivering his address on the first session of the year 2013 and the sixth session of fourteenth Assembly the Tamil Nadu Governor has reiterated the resolve by the Tamil Nadu government to impose economic sanctions on Sri Lanka.

"I reiterate the resolve expressed by the Tamil Nadu assembly June 8, 2011 to urge the Indian government to initiate action by working with other nations for imposition of an economic embargo on the Sri Lankan Government till the Tamils living in camps are resettled in their own places and are allowed to live with dignity, self-respect and equal constitutional rights on par with the Sinhalese," has said in his address.

The Tamil Nadu legislative assembly led by the Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa unanimously moved a resolution in June 2011demanding the Indian government to impose economic sanctions against Sri Lanka until the Tamils are given equal rights and bring war crimes charges against those responsible.

The resolution called the central government to take necessary steps to convince other countries to impose economic sanctions on Sri Lanka.

The Governor has said that he is not satisfied with the rehabilitation measures taken by the Sri Lankan government as they were not at par with the expectations.

Sri Lanka resettled the last batch of the internally displaced people in their villages in September 2012 and closed the refugee camps set up after the end of the war in May 2009.

IDPs from areas where the demining is not yet completed have been resettled in transitional camps.

The Tamil Nadu Governor, addressing the issue of alleged attacks by the Sri Lankan navy on Tamil Nadu fishermen when they enter the Sri Lankan waters for poaching, has said that the Tamil Nadu government was anguished at the harassment of Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy while the Indian government showed "utter disregard" to their woes.

Sri Lankan fishermen complain that Tamil Nadu fishermen poach in Sri Lankan waters in large trawlers scooping the seabed and deprive them of their livelihoods and the Sri Lankan Navy has the unenviable task of safeguarding the country's aquatic resources and the fishermen's interests.



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