Indian delegation arrives in SL Parliament


Jayanthi_410px_13_04_08The 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, “in solidarity with the sufferings of innocent civilian Tamils in Sri Lanka and out of respect for the feelings of the people of Tamil Nadu.”

She has argued that, the proposed trip, if carried out, would create an “avoidable impression” that “anguish and turmoil” felt by Tamils and the whole country over the “human rights violations” by the Sri Lankan government against Sri Lankan Tamils had not been “supported or taken seriously” by the FICCI.

In a letter written on Saturday to the FICCI president in her personal capacity, she has stated, “I feel that this is a trip, which if undertaken, will be deeply hurtful to the cause of innocent Sri Lankan Tamils.” She has said that she would also write separately to the MPs.

Expressing her “deep sense of anguish” 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.