The Indian media has reported that India’s Congress party President Sonia Gandhi has said in Chennai that India is pressing Sri Lanka to amend the Constitution to ‘guarantee and ensure equal rights and equal status’ to Sri Lankan Tamils.
“In our neighbourhood, there is no issue closer to our heart than the rights of the Sri Lankan Tamil people. There has been significant progress last year and India had committed and provided large sums of money for the relief and rehabilitation of the affected people. We will do everything in our power to rehabilitate them,” she has said, addressing an election rally on Island Ground along with Dravida Munetra Kazhagam president and Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi.
The Hindu has reported that she has said the Union government was spending substantial amount on rehabilitation of Sri Lankan Tamils and “we will continue our efforts at rehabilitation” [of the Tamils displaced in the war between the Sri Lankan Army and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam].
She has also spoken of the firing on Tamil fishermen in the international waters which claimed a few lives.
“We are deeply pained that some lives of fishermen have been lost. We have been assured that there would be no firing in the future and we will continue to work to ensure this commitment is met,” she has said.
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