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Monday, 24 February 2014 - 19:28
South Africa rejects LTTE Diaspora Eelam state.

South Africa has rejected the LTTE Diaspora’s request to accept its hypothesis state of Eelam or Transnational government led by Viswanathan Rudrakumaran.

Having toured South Africa recently, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva quoted South African leaders saying that Rudrakumaran had made a request from the South African Government to accept his Transnational Government.

The Minister also said that African leaders told him that they would never support any scheme which attempts to divide Sri Lanka.

Participating in the SLFP Central Working Committee meeting of the Bentara Elpitiya electorate, the minister said the West wants to bring a puppet government into Power in the country.

Meanwhile, Diplomats preparing for the United Nations Human Rights Council session in Geneva next month have expressed concern that Australia is working to ‘actively undermine a push for an international inquiry into human rights abuses in Sri Lanka, because of the government’s eagerness to co-operate with that country’s leaders on asylum seekers.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced in November that the government would give Sri Lanka two Bay-class patrol boats, at a cost of 2 million dollars, to help the country stem the flow of asylum seekers to Australia.

It is part of a wider agreement between the countries, which has led to the Sri Lankan navy, with Australia’s help, intercepting and returning boats trying to depart the Sri Lankan coast.

In November, when Abbott visited Sri Lanka for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, he made clear that he would not follow the lead of Britain and Canada’s leaders and raise concerns about human rights violations.

He also appeared to brush aside concerns about abuses, saying ‘‘sometimes, in difficult circumstances, difficult things happen’’.

Indian Union minister for shipping G K Vasan said the Tamil Nadu government's decision to release the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case is very unfortunate and should be reviewed, as there are national security issues involved.

Expressing his views on the issue for the first time, he told reporters that the state government should have acted in a responsible way.

He ruled out any possibility of the Centre accepting the state government's decision on humanitarian grounds.

Vasan said In the name of mercy and keeping elections and political gains in mind the state has taken a wrong decision.

Earlier in the day, Union minister V Narayanasamy said in Puducherry that the TN government's decision is shocking, unacceptable and embarrassing and should be reconsidered.

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