DMK president M. Karunanidhi said that India should prevail upon the United Nations to have a referendum under its supervision to enable Tamils residing in Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka to determine their future.
DMK treasurer M.K. Stalin and Parliamentary party leader T.R. Baalu met the Deputy General Secretary of the UN Jan Eliasson who promised to look into the issues concerning Sri Lankan Tamils.
In his letter to the UN Deputy General Secretary, Karunanidhi stated that steps were needed for protecting the lives and rights of Sri Lankan Tamils.
Karunanidhi reiterated that India should not provide training to Sri Lankan Army.
The Centre had reiterated that it would continue to train defence personnel from Sri Lanka in Indian military establishments as it is a friendly nation.