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TIRUCHI: Revival of an agreement reached about two decades ago between the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and former Sri Lankan President J. R. Jeyawardene will be the sole solution to iron out the ethnic violence in Sri Lanka, the leader of the Puthiya Tamizhagam K. Krishnasamy, said.
Addressing media persons here on Saturday, Dr. Krishnaswamy said that the guidelines set forth in the ‘Rajiv -Jeyawardene pact’ alone would bring about a feasible and long-term solution in restoring peace in Sri Lanka.
He said that his party would launch a statewide agitation in front of the Central government offices in support of this demand on February 7. He would lead the stir in Chennai.
The pact, he said, was the most viable solution even in the present-day scenario. However, if needed, some of its provisions could be adapted to be in consistent with the current environment prevailing in Sri Lanka.
He urged the United Nations Organisation to set up a monitoring committee for the implementation of the pact.
Mr. Krishnasamy expressed his condolences to the bereaved family members of Muthukumar who committed self-immolation in the cause of the Sri Lankan Tamils.
He appealed to students, individuals and organisations to desist from taking such serious decisions. “Mere criticism of the Central government will not deliver the goods. On the other hand, the ground reality of the problem in Sri Lanka should be taken into account,” he said, urging students and others not to resort to any suicidal attempt.
“Playing a second fiddle just to please the liberation movement in Sri Lanka will not help achieve the desired goals,” he said.Industrial growth
The Puthiya Tamizhagam has been organising conferences in support of its demand for industrial growth in southern districts. The conferences would be held in Virudhunagar, Tuticorin,Triunelveli, Madurai, Ramanathapuram, Sivagangai, Pudukottai, Theni, Dindigul and Namakkal from February15 to March 9.
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