The Indian delegation visiting Sri Lanka arrived in Sri Lankan Parliament a short while ago.
The delgaton is currently at the Speaker’s Gallery.
Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jayanthi Natarajan has urged the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Naina Lal Kidwai to cancel the proposed trip by a delegation of Parliamentarians to Sri Lanka scheduled from April 8 to April 12, â€œin solidarity with the sufferings of innocent civilian Tamils in Sri Lanka and out of respect for the feelings of the people of Tamil Nadu.â€
She has argued that, the proposed trip, if carried out, would create an â€œavoidable impressionâ€ that â€œanguish and turmoilâ€ felt by Tamils and the whole country over the â€œhuman rights violationsâ€ by the Sri Lankan government against Sri Lankan Tamils had not been â€œsupported or taken seriouslyâ€ by the FICCI.
In a letter written on Saturday to the FICCI president in her personal capacity, she has stated, â€œI feel that this is a trip, which if undertaken, will be deeply hurtful to the cause of innocent Sri Lankan Tamils.â€ She has said that she would also write separately to the MPs.
Expressing her â€œdeep sense of anguishâ€ at the atrocities perpetrated on Tamils of Sri Lanka, she has stated that although UN has repeatedly called for the de-militarization of northern Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan army has continued to inflict human rights violations upon civilian Tamils in northern Sri Lanka, treating the area a conquered land.