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India should maintain ties with Lanka: Aiyar

Press Trust of India  |  Kumbakonam (TN) 

Virtually opposing calls for India's boycott of the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka, senior leader today said it was essential to maintain ties with the neighbour with the ongoing New Delhi-sponsored rehabilitation works for Tamils in the Island Nation.

Talking to reporters here, the former Union minister said the Assembly had unanimously adopted a resolution urging to boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Colombo next month.

However, there was another side which wanted to participate in the meet to safeguard the interest of Tamils in Sri Lanka, he said.

"is our neighbour and for the Tamils living there the Indian government has taken up rehabilitation programme spending crores. In this situation we should have ties with them. The problem is not only connected with but it's a national problem," he said.

Maintaining that as per the Constitution, foreign policies were decided by the PM, Aiyar said that no one could interfere and the PM himself would take a decision on his participation.

Aiyar is the second senior leader to speak in favour of India's participation in the summit after Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Sudarshan Nachiappan, who said the country's presence could bring in foreign investments.

Several political parties in the state have been demanding

that should boycott the CHOGM meet in view of rights abuses by against Tamils living there.

First Published: Mon, October 28 2013. 19:23 IST