Vaiko meets PM, demands Lankan diplomats expulsion

New Delhi, Aug 30 | Updated: Aug 31 2006, 05:30am hrs
Taking his fight to protect the cause of Srilankan Tamils to the Capital, MDMK leader Vaiko met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and demanded that the Sri Lankan deputy high commissioner P Amza be sent back for violating diplomatic protocol and publicly criticising a unanimous resolution adopted by the Tamil Nadu Assembly that had condemned the killing of students in northern Sri Lanka.

Terming the action by the Sri Lankan diplomat as a virtual interference, he maintained that such views should have been expressed only through proper diplomatic channels to Indian government.

Amza, through a statement released by the commissions Chennai office had assailed the resolution and said that the assembly resolution was based on false reports.

The statement released by the Sri Lankan High Commission, Chennai is a high handed action going beyond its diplomatic limits, the 6-page memorandum submitted by the MDMK leader to the Prime Minister said.

Talking to newspersons Vaiko said he had also brought the attention of the Prime Minister to the fact that Pakistan and its intelligence wing ISI is playing a major role in the island nation. Sri Lanka is acquiring enormous weapons from Pakistan. The ISI is operating with sinister plans, he said. He demanded for more assistance to the Tamilians in the island nation.