Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has told his governmentâ€™s key partner DMK that he had taken up with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa the steps required for rehabilitation of Sri Lankan Tamils in that country.
In a letter dated 25 June to DMK chief M Karunanidhi in response to the latterâ€™s objections to the reported controversial remarks of a Sri Lankan Minister relating to Tamils, Dr. Singh said he had discussed this matter also with president Rajapaksa, PTI reported.
â€œThe issue, and the need for the Sri Lankan government to take steps to rehabilitate the Sri Lankan Tamils were raised by me when I met the President of Sri Lanka on 21 June in Rio de Janeiro.â€
â€œI have also stressed the need for appropriate political and other arrangements within Sri Lanka which will enable the Sri Lankan Tamils to live a life of dignity and to feel at home in Sri Lanka,â€ Dr. Singh said in the letter released by the DMK headquarters.
The DMK chief had written to Prime Minister taking objection to the â€œhighly provocativeâ€ remarks reportedly made by Sri Lankan cabinet Minister Champika Ranawaka warning of a violent backlash against the Tamils in the island.