By Roel Raymond
Leader of the Communist Party of India, Sitaram Yechury, addressed a seminar that was organised by the party.
Speaking at the seminar on Monday (28th) he has said that complete autonomy should be granted to the Tamil speaking areas in the North and East of Sri Lanka, based on federal principles.
Speaking to The Sunday Leader, Sitaram Yechury confirmed his call for a separate state for the Tamils, saying that it should be completely autonomous – within the framework of a united Sri Lanka.
He also said that the Tamil minority should be given economic assistance by the Government of Sri Lanka in order to begin economic activities, such as farming and build up stability for themselves. He said that the Sri Lankan Government should work towards a political solution to the problems faced by the Tamil minority, especially in the areas of resettlement and providing relief.
He also said that the Sri Lankan Government should agree for an international supervisory mechanism and allow international agencies to create conditions of resettlement of the Internally Displaced Persons. Yechury added that any attempt to bring about a change in demography, by asking the majority population to migrate to minority areas should be discouraged, as it would cause tension in the future.
Yechury, who is one of the foremost Communist faces in India, had also asked that the Government of Sri Lanka to introduce Tamil as an official language, in order to restore confidence among the Tamil speaking population.