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Karunanidhi says UN must hold referendum on Lankan Tamils

Posted on Nov 03, 06:09PM | UNI

DMK President M Karunanidhi today said India should exert pressure on United Nations to hold a referendum among Tamils in Sri Lanka which would help find a permanent solution to the problems faced by them.

Addressing a press conference here, he said DMK leaders M K Stalin and T R Baalu visited New York and presented a memorandum titled 'Beats of Bleeding Hearts', containing the resolutions adopted at the recent Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) Meeting held in the city.

Stating Eelam Tamils in Lanka were yearning for a permanent solution, Mr Karunanidhi said the whole world should extend its support to holding a referendum among Tamils.

"The UN should take the lead and the Indian Government should extend the necessary support in this regard", he added.

He said the DMK, in the memorandum, has harped on the issue of holding a referendum among the Tamils in the Island Nation.

"The DMK firmly believes that holding a referendum alone will ensure rights and other benefits for the Eelam Tamils", he said, adding, the Indian Government should go beyond Sri Lanka and exert pressure on the UN to implement the resolutions adopted at the TESO meet and also ensure that a referendum was held among Tamils in Lanka.