Vaiko asks PM to stop military aid to genocidal Lankan regime

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Chennai, Mar 18 (UNI) MDMK General Secretary Vaiko, a strong supporter of Lankan Tamils, today urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to withdraw the radars supplied to Sri Lanka.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, a copy of which was released to the press here, Mr Vaiko also appealed to him to stop forthwith any form of military assistance to the Sri Lankan ''racist'' regime.

He said,'' the present approach and attitude of the Indian government amounted to assisting the genocidal Sri Lanka regime and was sowing the seeds of sorrow and despair, loss of confidence in the minds of Tamils.'' Claiming that four Tamil MPs were killed by the Sri Lankan government forces, Mr Vaiko said the Indian government failed in its duty to condemn these killings.

''But on the other hand, India has supplied radars and military hardware to the Sri Lankan government to pursue their military attacks'', he alleged.

Mr Vaiko condemned the Indian government for extending a red carpet welcome given to Lankan Army General Sarath Fonseka and described it ''as a black day in the minds and hearts of Tamils.'' Alleging that Fonseka's hands were ''stained with the blood'' of Tamils, the MDMK leader said emboldened by the welcome and patronage of the Indian government, the Lankan Army chief had stated that the military attacks would be intensified to liquidate the Tamil rebels with the solid logistic support of India.

''Till this date, the Indian government had not condemned it or denied it'', he said and added that it was shocking that Sri Lankan armed personnel were given training in India and IAF pilots were giving training to their Lankan counterparts.

''This has buried the farsighted commendable, perspective foreign policy adopted by Pandit Nehru and Ms Indira Gandhi'', Mr Vaiko alleged.

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