“India got the oil tanks, but Tamils – nothing”

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentary group leader R. Sampanthan, who on Saturday met the visiting Indian top officials at India House in Colombo, told the delegation that “Tamils believed all these years that they were the natural allies of India, but it is not so today.” Even the human rights violations against Tamils, abductions and genocides are largely ignored by India.

“We feel very sad about this,” he said.

“We thought both Tamils and Indians were together but we believe India do not think that we’re together. But today India got the oil tanks in Trincomalee but Tamils, nothing,” he told media after the meeting.

Concluding a closely-guarded visit that met Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa earlier on Saturday, the high powered Indian envoys said India was not in favour of a military solution to the Tamil ethnic problem.

“India hopes that Sri Lanka can find a peaceful solution to the (ethnic) conflict within the framework of a united Sri Lanka that is acceptable to all the communities. We hope there is no military solution to the conflict,” a senior Indian official said at the end of the two-day visit here of the delegation led by National Security Adviser M K Narayanan.

The team, which also included Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon and Defence Secretary Vijay Singh, met Rajapaksa and held detailed discussions for about an hour.

None of the visiting Indian officials met the press and a brief statement was read out to the Indian journalists. [source: TN, PTI]

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