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Last updated: 09 June, 2011 - Published 18:08 GMT
 
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Call for Kachchativu retrieval
 
Chief Minister Jayalalitha Jayaram
The Tamil Nadu Assembly has passed a unanimous resolution that seeks to retrieve Kachchativu Island from Sri Lanka.

Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa Jayaram moved the resolution.

The resolution seeks the state revenue department to plead itself in a case filed by Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa for retrieval of Kachchativu Island, ceded to Sri Lanka by India in 1974.

Jayalalithaa, as the leader of the AIADMK filed a case in the Supreme Court in 2008 arguing that the island was ceded to Sri Lanka without the consent of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

Illegal

Therefore, she argued that the accords signed in 1974 and 1976 were illegal.

As a result, she said that number of deaths of Tamil Nadu fishermen was killed at the hands of the Sri Lankan navy.

Sri Lanka Reaction

On Wednesday, Tamil Nadu Assembly unanimously passed another resolution demanding economic sanctions against Sri Lanka.

Reacting to this, Sri Lanka Government on Thursday said that its dealings are only with Central government of India.

Cabinet spokesperson and Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told media that the government would not respond to the resolution passed in the Tamil Nadu State Assembly.

Sri Lanka will maintain cordial relations with India through a continuous dialogue, Minister Rambukwella added.

 
 
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