Vaiko urges Centre to stop military assistance to Lanka

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Coimbatore, Sep 11(UNI) MDMK General Secretary Vaiko today urged the Union Government to recall technical and military personnel from Sri Lanka and stop forthwith any military assistance, direct or indirect, to the island nation as 'it was killing innocent Tamilians' in the guise of waging war against the LTTE.

Talking to newsmen here, Mr Vaiko said he had sent a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as soon as the UPA Government took office at the Centre even as modalities for a Defence pact with the country were being finalised.

At the time, he presented a detailed memorandum in person asking the Centre not to go for an Defence pact with Sri Lanka as such action would be a 'fatal and unpardonable wrong,' he added.

Though the Prime Minister decided not to have any Defence pact with Sri Lanka, top bureaucrats worked clandestinely to supply radars to the Air Force and military hardware, he alleged adding the plan was later executed by the government.

At present thousands of innocent Tamils were dying without food and medicine. Without any humanism, the Union Government refused to send food and medicine, collected in Tamil Nadu, to Sri Lanka to enable the International Red Cross Society there to provide solace to the suffering Tamils, he alleged On September eight last, the LTTE launched an aerial and a ground attack against Sri Lankan military headquarters in Vanni Area during which not only an Indian Air Force radar was destroyed, but also two Indian military engineers seriously injured, he claimed.

He had reliable information that 265 Indian technocrats and military personnel were fully assisting the Sri Lankan Military.

Mr Vaiko alleged the 'UPA Government was delibaretely turning a blind eye to the brutal attacks against the Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy.' The UPA Government was responsible and accountable for the loss of Tamil lives and every drop of Tamil blood in the island, he charged.

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